Exhibition 9 July – 23 October 2016
Born in 1967 in Mexico City, Damián Ortega is one of the most prominent artists of the new Mexican generation. His work prioritises action over object, seeking to call attention to the dynamism of the world around us, and the hidden poetry in the everyday.
For The Fruitmarket Gallery’s summer exhibition, Ortega will make new sculptures focusing on how the forces of nature – wind, water, earth and fire – act on the earth both independently of and in relationship to humankind. Carving new landscapes out of clay, and using clay to reimagine a history of tools from the most ‘primitive’ to the most ‘sophisticated’, Ortega shows us clay as matter, as energy, as power. His is a restless imagination and the exhibition turns The Fruitmarket Gallery into an arena for the investigation of a world in flux.