stockholm: natural motion

© marian goodman gallery / gabriel orozco - la ds cornaline [2013] - photography: markus tretter

hailing from mexico but now based in paris, artist gabriel orozco gained prominence in the late 1980s with a new form of conceptualism that embraces both deep contemplation and refined craftsmanship. his work however has never been exhibited in scandinavia and this show will be his first in the nordic region. entitled natural motion, it's held at the moderna museet in stockholm and gives an overview of an entire oeuvre through a presentation of selected key works. regardless of medium, be it sculpture, photography, painting or installation, orozco's works are based on the place where he dwells, sometimes in apparent improvisations, but often serially over long periods of time.
a ground-breaking work is la ds cornaline, a radically compressed 1960s citroën car that was originally created in 1993 and is shown here in a new version. one of the artist's most spectacular installations, entitled dark wave [2006], is a nearly 15-metre long reconstruction of a whale skeleton, made of calcium carbonate and resin. this work highlights orozco's interest in traditional customs, rites and cultures that are close to nature. photography forms a special category in his work, and is represented by until you find another yellow schwalbe [1995], an exploratory series of 40 photographs of yellow schwalbe motorbikes shot during his residence in berlin [on through may 4]. location: exercisplan 4 [skeppsholmen].

© marian goodman gallery / gabriel orozco - dark wave [2006] and my hands are my heart [1991]