This work, Chicotes, was made for our Tate exhibition.

Gabriel Orozco Chicotes
Blow out: Gabriel Orozco's new piece Chicotes made from pieces of rubber tyres

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.

Gabriel Orozco Chicotes
The industrial merging with the organic? Detail of Gabriel Orozco's new work Chicotes

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.


Srdjan Micic

WOW I've never seen a rubber like this Unbelievable ;)

Pascale Petit

This was my favourite piece. I can't quite say why, but something to do with the explosive feeling and the organic nature the burst tyres have acquired, snakelike, with frays like roots. I spent all day in the show yesterday, researching for the poetry from art class I tutor there on Monday evenings, when my group writes in the galleries. Orozco will be a treat for them. No amount of googling images of his work prepared me for the enjoyment of being there. It was like being a child, excitedly dashing from one piece to another, then sitting for hours with Chicotes, Obituaries, Kites, Elevator and Lintels, my other favourites.

Jim Morrison

Tosh!.You people need to get out more. Get your hard hat on and go down your nearest scrapyard. Rubbish is still rubbish even if you call it art.Go upstairs and look for Fischili and Weiss - that's how to make art out of rubbish!.


I loved it. The idea is wonderful, I have always also been fascinated by the shed remains of retreads at the side of the motorway, they carry with them a hint of something almost disastrous imprinted in a very static remnant - though one hopes the disastrous is never really the origin of these fragments. Then there is something about the quick fix coming to a bad end, and the disposable society . On top of that they are quite simply visually wonderful with amazing shapes and tensions frozen in mid gesture. They have the suggestion of skin. As in other pieces in the exhibition, the inadvertent imprint of the human on the material is fascinating to think about - where was the person going when the tyre fell to pieces, and what did they do when it happened? All this is there in the intriguing choice of material , as well as the many resonances in the use of any found materials as art . On top of that they take on the feeling of drift wood, accentuated by the organic shapes of molten metal, and the shell like spiral made of long strips towards the "corridor" edge . Some of the rubber disintegration looked like fingers reaching or threads torn out of a fabric. Also, maybe, ironic and challenging in the use of the epitome of "discarded" in the place of high art. Very rich piece, I thought, which I enjoyed immensely .

Claire Cohen

This was not my favourite piece, but I was struck by the warm smell of the rubber - something you can't get from a photograph. The commentary states that Orozco determines the arrangement of the piece in accordance with the gallery space and I definitely go a sense of connection with the flow of the river through the windows.