Gabriel Orozco’s photographs tend to fall into two types.

Gabriel Orozco Crazy Tourist

Gabriel Orozco’s Crazy Tourist 1991

© Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

There are those that document one of his actions in the landscape and act as a memory of an ephemeral sculpture. For example - the photo above he took in Brazil shows oranges that he placed on market tables. It is called ‘Crazy Tourist’ - the name given to him by the locals who watched him set up the scene. And there are those photographs that capture something encountered in nature that appears to be a naturally forming sculpture, as in the photo of a puddle of water that has formed in a collapsed football.

Gabriel Orozco Simons Island

Not a boiled egg: Orozco’s photograph of his pregnant wife Maria in the bath; Simon’s Island 2005

Courtesy Marion Goodman Gallery

One of my favourites - ‘Simon’s Island’ - is often mistaken for an image of an egg in water. In fact, it is a photo of Gabriel’s wife Maria when she was pregnant in the bath. Simon is the name of their son.


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