Tate Thursdays – Gabriel Orozco
“There is no such thing as a material without history. It doesn’t exist. Every material has history. And in a way, everything is already a product. Even if you have a piece of stone in front of you somebody cut it out, somebody transported it, there is labour and investment already in every material you use.”
“A sculptor of global significance since the 1990s”, Gabriel Orozco was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1962 and educated at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, as well as the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain. Honours received include; the Secció Espacios Alternativos Prize [Salón Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City, 1987], a residency with Deutscher Akademische Austasch Dienst in Berlin  and the German Blue Orange Prize . A traveler at heart Orozco lives and works primarily in Mexico City, New York and Paris.
Heavily influenced by the day to day world he encounters, Orozco’s work spans the full media spectrum which includes drawing, installation, photography, sculpture, and video. As a unifying theme to his work Orozco explores the fragile relationship between commonplace objects and the ways in which we interact with our surroundings.
From a photograph of oranges placed unassumingly in an apartment window to a dance of chessboard Knights, Orozco creates his art as and when the moment strikes. “The apparently unpromising materials of everyday life are transformed, with the lightest touch, into something poignant, humorous or poetic, challenging us to question our received ideas about art and see the world afresh.”