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Gabriel Orozco
color photograph
Image: 12 7/16 × 18 11/16 inches (31.6 × 47.5 cm)Sheet: 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm)Matted: 24 × 30 inches (61 × 76.2 cm)Framed: 24 × 30 inches (61 × 76.2 cm)
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Gift of Zoë and Joel Dictrow.
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Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco does not label himself a photographer. Instead, his artistic practice glides between sculpture, photography, installation, and painting, denying easy categorization. This variety is furthered by his international mindset as he travels between his studios in New York, Paris, and Mexico City. Orozco’s work is often focused on the quotidian, altering found materials in everyday life to create surprising and poetic moments captured as sculptural objects or a photograph. His photographs are usually modestly-sized and printed in color and rarely feature human forms, instead focusing on landscape and the detritus in front of him as if to point it out to the unobservant passerby.

1,2,3,4 is a photograph of a historic, crumbling architectural form. The scene feels ordinary, yet evokes an uncanny stillness from the absence of human life. The dilapidated structure evidences nature’s inevitable reclamation of the land.