Untitled, 2015
 – Courtesy the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. ©Gabriel Orozco
Originally from Mexico, the peripatetic nature of Gabriel Orozco‘s practice has been a defining characteristic of his career, providing him with inspiration through travel and immersion in foreign cultures. His work is also characterized by the use of found objects, such as for instance Chicotes which was part of his retrospective at Tate Modern in 2011. Typical of Gabriel’s reworking of a found, everyday material, he’d gathered the shed remains of retreads from roads in Mexico – they are particularly littered with the material as a result of frequently over-used tyres – and reworked it into a vast, almost lava-like piece.

©Gabriel Orozco. Photo ©Tom Lindblom
At Marian Goodman Gallery he will present new paintings, scrolls, sculptures, drawings and photographs made over the last year in Japan and Mexico. In 2015 he moved to Japan where the majority of this exhibition was created, including a series of 28 collages on traditional scrolls. These scrolls are displayed both on the gallery walls and in their own individual wooden presentation boxes and are constructed from swatches of Japanese kimono silks. In Japan it’s considered bad luck to wear vintage kimonos, resulting in a wealth of stunning fabrics that Japanese people no longer care for. By using these, and incorporating cut-out, flipped circles of the material, Orozco showcases the beauty of these fabrics. As Briony Fer puts it: ‘Against this preoccupation with emptiness, the recent collages that Orozco has made out of antique textiles would seem to veer abruptly away into mere material stuff. They are made out of the often intricately woven fabrics used for the sashes or obi traditionally wrapped around the waist of the kimono in traditional Japanese dress. Now the cutting out and splicing is actual, as Orozco has used a circular cutter to take circles out of the fabric and flip them to show the reverse as well as the good side of the weave.’
Leaning against the walls of the gallery at varying intervals and heights there are 30 standard pieces of found wood covered in stripes and circles of coloured tape. Orozco initially started out wanting to achieve this outcome with paint till he then discovered he could achieve the same effect using tape.

Gabriel Orozco (center). Photo ©Tom Lindblom
Orozco has clearly embraced the spirit of Japan completely, he is especially into the compactness of everything and was very pleased about the fact that the entire show was shipped in just two boxes!

Untitled, 2015
 – Courtesy the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. ©Gabriel Orozco
Finding inspiration in the urban environment and domestic objects as well as the human body and nature, Orozco makes visible the poetry of serendipity. For him, photography has been a way of channelling his nomadic lifestyle. His photographs balance the diaristic tone of an artist’s notebook with captured study of the fleeting moments and the world he encounters.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a newly commissioned text, Wrappings, by Briony Fer.
Gabriel Orozco | Marian Goodman Gallery
13th June – 7th August 2015
5 – 8 Lower John Street
London W1F 9DY
Words by Tom Lindblom, Anna Bang


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