gabriel orozco: asterisms at the guggenheim, new york
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nov 12, 2012
gabriel orozco: asterisms at the guggenheim, new york



‘sandstars’ by gabriel orozco

designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

gabriel orozco: asterisms
solomon r. guggenheim museum, new york
on now until january 13th, 2013

 

comprising thousands of items of detritus mexican-born artist gabriel orozco gathered from two sites – a playing field near his new york home,
and a protected coastal biosphere in baja california sur, mexico – ‘asterisms’ presents to the viewer, the ever-present tension between nature
and our contemporary society, emphasizing themes suggested by orozco’s oeuvre from the traces of erosion to poetic encounters with mundane materials.

the main focus of this exhibition is ‘sandstars’ a large-scale sculptural piece made-up of nearly 1,200 articles orozco has collected from isla arena, mexico,
a wildlife reserve which is also a whale mating ground, whale cemetery and industrial wasteland, responding to the amounts of matter deposited there
by ocean currents. the objects include plastic buoys, tennis balls, glass bottles, incandescent light bulbs, wooden oars, hardware such as screws and hinges,
various pieces of styrofoam, construction-site hardhats which he has assembled in a taxonomic arrangement on the gallery floor. the three-dimensional work
is accompanied by twelve large-scale gridded photographs which depict the individual pieces he has accumulated, captured within the studio setting,
organized typologically by color, material, size etc.

 


‘sandstars’ is a sculptural carpet of 1,200 items orozco has collected from the isla arena, mexico
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 



glass bottles of various shapes and sizes which have been drifting in our oceans’ waters
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


the items have been ordered in a taxanomic arrangement by type
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


among the detritisu collected were eroding plastic buoys
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


large timber pieces including wooden oars make up a major part of the sculptural work
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


barnacles found on some of the waste offers an indication of how long they were floating around in the water
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


twelve gridded photographs accompany the three dimensional work, capturing the items individual and organized by typology such as by material or color
designboom image © alessandro ghirelli

 

 


gabriel orozco
designboom portrait © alessandro ghirelli

 

‘asterisms’ is organized by nancy spector, deputy director and chief curator, soloman r. guggenheim foundation,
and joan young, director, curatorial affairs, solomon r. guggenheim, and is made possible by deutsche bank.
the leadership committee for ‘gabriel orozco: asterisms is gratefully acknowledged for its support: katherine farley and jerry I. speyer,
marieluise hessel and ed artzt, and larry and mariyln fields.

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