Fruitmarket Gallery opens Gabriel Orozco thinking in circles

Fruitmarket Gallery presents Gabriel Orozco thinking in circles an exhibition on view 1 August–18 October 2013.

Gabriel Orozco, The Eye of Go, 2005. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 120 x 120 cm. Collection of the artist. Photograph: John Berens.

Gabriel Orozco, The Eye of Go, 2005. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 120 x 120 cm. Collection of the artist. Photograph: John Berens.

Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico) 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 now.

The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to be able to present this new exhibition of Orozco’s work. Curated by art historian and writer Briony Fer, it is the product of an ongoing conversation between her and the artist.

The exhibition started with a fairly simple yet nonetheless unusual exercise: to take one work and see how far it is possible to think with it rather than about it. The work is the 2005 painting The Eye of Go, and thinking with it involves looking right back to the 1990s and an extraordinary sequence of paintings on acetate that are only now being exhibited for the first time, and forward to paintings and a series of river stone sculptures that Orozco has started making since the conversation around this exhibition began.

Rather than surveying the whole range of Orozco’s practice, the exhibition seeks to cut a conceptual slice through it, to look deeply into the mechanics of the artist’s thinking and working process. Not only will the exhibition propose a different view of Orozco’s major contribution to changes in art in the 1990s but bring to the fore the urgent problem of art’s ‘makeability’ now.

Curated by Briony Fer

The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
Scotland
www.fruitmarket.co.uk

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