Gabriel Orozco - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from Alumni Collections, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 9 September - 4 December 2011

  • Literature

    Ackland Art Museum, Carolina Collects, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The photographs of Gabriel Orozco are unified by the theme of Magical Realism, where seemingly mundane scenes pulled from the collective quotidian—from puddlesto gloves and, as seen in the present lot, a shower head—are presented in a manner transcending expectation. In the current lot, the object’s functional purpose is temporarily sidelined in favor of presenting it in an unusual perspective. Deciphering of the image could range from a magnified microscopic closeup of an organism toa minimized macroscopic depiction of a celestial body. Orozco’s image cleverly reminds of the hidden pockets of wonder hidden in our every day.

  • Artist Biography

    Gabriel Orozco

    Mexican • 1954

    Gabriel Orozco's diverse practice, which includes sculpture, photography, painting and video, is centered on the rejection of the concept of a traditional studio. Alternatively, Orozco's conceptual process involves using quotidian objects as commentary on urban society. In the widely exhibited La DS (1993), Orozco cut a Citroën DS car into thirds, eliminating the central section and reconfiguring the remaining parts.

    Another important motif in Orozco's lexicon is that of the colored ellipses. In his seminal series, Samurai Tree Invariants, the artist employs fragmented colored circles as the basis for geometric compositions, exploring the movements made by a knight on a chessboard. These not only represent Orozco's conceptual practices but illustrate his interest in both the geometric and organic world.

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Shower Head

Chromogenic print.
12 3/8 x 18 5/8 in (31.4 x 47.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/5 in ink on the verso.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $25,000

Contact Specialist
Vanessa Kramer Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs
+ 1 212 940 1245


3 April 2013
New York