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

gabriel orozco: asterisms at the guggenheim, new york

‘sandstars’ by gabriel orozcodesignboom image © alessandro ghirelli


gabriel orozco: asterismssolomon 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 workis 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, mexicodesignboom image © alessandro ghirelli


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



designboom image © alessandro ghirelli



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



among the detritisu collected were eroding plastic buoysdesignboom image © alessandro ghirelli



designboom image © alessandro ghirelli



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



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



gabriel orozcodesignboom 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.

  • we make junk
    does junk make art
    mix in intellectual thought
    bake in the temples/museums if high ART
    within the context that this will not offend anyone
    loo and behold IT IS ART
    personally give me a piece of Francis Bacon’s red meat
    but then this Vermont artist can not see
    and has no sense of humor
    let alone vision

    Paedra says:
  • Really? Again? Really?

    clyde says:
  • What Clyde said.-
    PS I’m guessing Phaedra is failed (or foiled) poet…..girl, aren’t we all??

    Everyone else says:

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