Rolling Life's Hand Line

Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, born Jalapa Enriquez, 1962)
Chromogenic print
Image: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Foundation and Charina Foundation Inc. Gifts, 2004
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© Gabriel Orozco
Not on view
Orozco makes ephemeral sculptures-sand on a table, a shoebox in snow, clay bearing the imprint of his hand-that are given longer life through photography. Whether recording one of his own interventions in the landscape or a found situation, his photographs remind us of the fleeting beauty to be found in simple things and chance occurrences if we only open our eyes and minds.
This image of a potato beetle curled in the palm of a hand is characteristic of the artist's photographic work: his subjects are frequently seen in close-up and centered in the frame, which also paradoxically subjects them to sometimes dizzying shifts in scale and perspective. Like his famous early sculpture Yielding Stone (1992)-a Plasticine ball shaped and marked by the artist rolling it in the street-Orozco's photographic subjects seem to exist somewhere between the organic and the handmade and, by extension, at the precise point where imagination and reality intersect.
the artist; [Marian Goodman Gallery, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," May 15, 2007–September 3, 2007.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.