This work, Chicotes, was made for our Tate exhibition.
In fact, Gabriel completed the work in the galleries. Chicotes can be translated as ‘whip’ in Spanish but is a colloquial phrase used to describe the elements of blown out tyres from which the piece is made. ‘Chicotes’ is typical of Gabriel’s reworking of a found, everyday material. He gathered the rubber from the side of the road in Mexico - they are littered with the material as a result of frequently over-used tyres.
Due to the explosive effect of the tyre blowing out, and from being left to disintegrate outside, the rubber has started to take on an almost natural appearance - like roots or rocks. Gabriel has, in some cases, melted aluminium onto the tyres - perhaps to recall the wheel in its entireity with a metal centre. The work entails many of the tropes of his work: an explosion, the suggestion of movement and transport, the industrial merging with the organic.