Dial Tone is one of a number of pieces that Gabriel made from the New York telephone directory.
It reflects the early years when he lived in various apartments with his wife Maria. Gabriel mentioned to me that the only thing in the apartment that was there when he moved in was a phone… and a phone book. Not much use when you don’t know anyone in the city - but he managed to make some great works. For this, he cut out every number (but not the names) in the phone book, creating a stream of numbers that he laid down on a scroll of Japanese paper.
Jessica Morgan’s book on Gabriel Orozco published by Tate Publishing is available from Tate shops.