Tate curator Jessica Morgan and artist Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern

Tate curator Jessica Morgan and artist Gabriel Orozco in the artist’s exhibition at Tate Modern

No matter how long you work on an exhibition there is always an element of surprise. On this occasion I was not expecting to experience the co-existence of Orozco’s humour with a reflection on mortality.

Gabriel Orozco Lintels

Poignant remnants - from the washing machine. An installation view of Gabriel Orozco’s Lintels.

Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Both aspects of his work have equal presence in the exhibition: a room with the billiard table and many of his photographs suggests a mood of frivolity and pleasure in the small moments of life, while the installation of Lintels, literally sheets of lint removed from clothes drying machines in New York and hung like washing along lines across the gallery, is a poignant and evocative reminder of the dust and detritus that is life.

Gabriel Orozco Black Kites

Looking death in the eye. Installation of Gabriel Orozco’s skull Black Kites with Obituaries in the background.

Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

The room containing Black Kites perhaps summarises this best: the skull on which Orozco laboriously worked in graphite (literally looking death in the eye) is paired with his recent series ‘Obituaries’ for which he gathered headlines from the New York Times obituaries. Taken out of context, the one-liners that summarise a person’s life often make for hilarious reading, such as: ‘Burlesque Star Famous for her Bubblebaths’ or ‘Philosopher, Author, Friend of Popes’, and ‘Sensational Human Cannonball’. Let me know what you think of the show.

Comments

roberta cutolo-...

Went to see Orozco exhibition with my kids and we actually enjoyed it fully for its unpretetiousness but still full of meanings insights....

My children felt very comfortable with the exhibits and not for a single moment I felt they should not have been there...

I will go and see teh exhibition again to look at things a bit more in detail and in teh silence of my own soul watching and feeling ...nevertheless I am so not quite sure I enjoy watching things that are there to shock me ...I still like to see things that are fairly pleasent to teh eye even when carrying strong meanings...

we actually watched the film after and my children really enjoyed watching the man talking and looking at the places where certain bits and pieces came from...

after watching the film we went in again ( the pelasure of being a member !! ) and in fact we actually enjoyed it even more...

pointless to say the kids loved the pool table and chess game...but tehn we took time to read the obituaries more in dept and let our imagination go and try to imagine who was that person or that person ...and my son even thought he may even knew who was a certain obituary referring to...

quite cleer also the tyres collected on highways...how many times we see these odd objects or pieces of objects abandoned .... and how free can the ones imagination flow in front of an odd piece of material in its most unusual aspect having lost its original function and shape...

I am so grateful for the deep simplicity of choice.... we actually thought the skull was amazing thinking it was real and how much time it must have taken the artist to actually decorating it like that...considering the actual surface of the skull itself...

we tenderly laughed at some photo shots ... the dog , the beauty of the pinched ball or the sheep with the common dream....

...I must say like Orozco I have always been fascinated by circles too and like I get bored easiliy so I try and make things looking fun and different for me all the times....

quite agitating to walk under the laundry bits...yes life is something quite effimerous but still the best most real thing we have and sometimes we loose the sense of effimerity and i guess it's important that somebody would remind us so that we could appreciate what we have more and more without taking everything for granted....

Orozco or Carpe Diem ...

that's it : I am in for Orozco ...it would be amazing to meet him one day...we hear rumours he has been seen walking around the gallery trying to capture people's comments > a good reason for us to come back ... soon before he goes back to Mexico again !!!!

ciao Roberta ( mum ) , Samuel ( 9 ) , Leo ( 5 ) ADJAYE Thank you

Perry norton

Great exhibition, had never heard of him. Nearly all the pieces grabbed and held my attention. Really liked the photography - looked like an afterthought, tucked away in the back, which made the quality of the images and the sculptures they portrayed shocking and surprising.

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