poetically addresses our relationship to common objects, creating a
metaphor for our contemporary condition of transience through both time
and place. His appropriation and subsequent alteration of familiar objects
such as a ping pong table, an airplane ticket, or a denomination of
currency require the viewer to re-examine everyday interactions and see
these objects as symbols of our social exchanges and geographical
mobility. While Ping Pond Table is formed from a number of predetermined
elements, both its meaning and its spatial organization are subject to
unpredictable and indefinite variation when literally put into play by the
Gabriel Orozco, Ping Pond Table, 1998, (installation view)
Gabriel Orozco’s work has been featured in recent international exhibitions, including 1st Kwangju Biennale (1995); Everything That’s Interesting Is New, Deste Foundation, Athens, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (1996); Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, documenta X, Kassel, and Sculpture. Projects in Münster 1997, Westfälisches Landesmuseum (1997); XXIV Bienal de São Paulo and Berlin Biennial (1998); and SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999). Orozco has presented solo exhibitions since 1993, including shows at Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1994); Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (1996, 1998); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, an Artangel project entitled Empty Club, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and Kunsthalle, Zurich (1996); DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Staatlichen Museum am Kulturforum, Berlin, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1997); and Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and St. Louis Museum of Art, Missouri (1998).
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Selected Further Reading
Orozco, Gabriel. “Gabriel Orozco: Technique de l’Énergie, The Power to Transform.” Interview by Robert Storr. Art Press 225 (June 1997): 20-27.
Artangel, London. Empty Club (1996). Exhibition catalogue, texts by James Lingwood, Jean Fisher, Mark Haworth-Booth, and Guy Brett.
Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and Deutscher Akade- mischer Austauschdienst Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Germany. Gabriel Orozco (1996). Exhibition catalogue, texts by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Bernhard Bürgi.
Kanaal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgium, in association with La Vaca Independiente Promoción de Arte y Cultura, Mexico City, and Les Éditions la Chambre, Ghent, Belgium. Gabriel Orozco (1993). Exhibition catalogue, edited by M. Catherine de Zegher, texts by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Jean Fisher.