Orozco has developed his ongoing exploration of the readymade, mapping and geometry into a monumental new sculpture. In the ground-floor gallery, Orozco will show a group of new paintings from his ongoing Samurai Tree series, which explore the range of permutations possible within a defined spatial and colour system.
White Cube is pleased to present the work of Gabriel Orozco in his first exhibition
with the gallery. To launch White Cube’s new space at Mason’s Yard, Orozco has
developed his ongoing exploration of the readymade, mapping and geometry into a
monumental new sculpture. In the ground-floor gallery, Orozco will show a group of
new paintings from his ongoing ‘Samurai Tree’ series, which explore the range of
permutations possible within a defined spatial and colour system.
Through his diverse practice, Orozco explores everyday objects and situations that he encounters in the urban environment, making visible the poetry of chance connections and philosophical conundrums. In his paintings, Orozco investigates the phenomenology of structures, whereby ellipses and spheres, shapes that play an essential role in the artist’s lexicon, act as a bridge between geometry and organic matter. Using a traditional method of gold leaf and tempera applied to cedar wood, the new paintings also reference the formal techniques used to make medieval icons.
For his seminal work Black Kites (1997), Orozco painstakingly drew a grid-like composition in graphite over the entire surface of a human skull, a vivid enactment of his phrase, “volume made graphic, object made image". For his White Cube, Mason’s Yard exhibition, Orozco expands the graphic and conceptual vocabulary that he explored in this work to create a breathtaking sculpture that tests the interplay between object and space, image and form.
Gabriel Orozco was born in 1962 in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He lives and works in New York, Paris and Mexico City. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including the 50th and 51st Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002) and the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (1999). Solo exhibitions include the Palacio Cristal, Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofi'a, Madrid (2005), Serpentine Gallery, London (2004), Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (2004), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001), Museo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2001) and Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1999).
Preview: 28 September 2006 6-8pm
48 Hoxton Square - London
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