Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in Circles

01.08.13 – 18.10.13

Gabriel Orozco (born Jalapa, Veracruz, 1962) is one of the foremost international artists of our age. Rising to prominence in the early 1990s, he has developed a consistently innovative practice, making work which not only captures the imagination but also powerfully engages with key material and conceptual issues of what it is to make art.

This new exhibition took the 2005 painting The Eye of Go as its starting point, and looked at how the circular geometric motif of this painting – part of a way of thinking for Orozco, a way to organise ideas of structure, organisation and perspective – migrates onto other work, recurring in other paintings, sculptures and photographs. A highlight of the exhibition was a series of large geometric works on acetate, made in the mid 1990s, yet never before exhibited. Rather than surveying the whole range of Orozco’s practice, the exhibition seemed to cut a conceptual slice through it, to look deeply into the mechanics of the artist’s thinking and working process. Not only did the exhibition propose a different view of Orozco’s major contribution to changes in art in the 90s but it brought to the fore the urgent problem of art’s ‘makeability’ now.

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