Gabriel Orozco

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Gabriel Orozco. Gabriel Orozco. Samurai Tree Paintings. 2006

Series of 672 digital prints with digital files, composition and sheet (each): 21 7/16 x 21 7/16" (54.5 x 54.5 cm). Acquired in honor of Lewis B. Cullman through the generosity of Agnes Gund, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Robert B. Menschel, and also with the support of MoMA's Contemporary Arts Council. © 2024 Gabriel Orozco

GLENN LOWRY: In 2004, Orozco began to make paintings. The circular pattern that covers the surface of these works on canvas and on panels originated in the artist’s notebooks and in drawings like The Atomists, on view in this gallery.

GABRIEL OROZCO: There are four colors. The circles, they start from the center. They grow in halves or doubles. It’s a kind of board game, in a way. And, and then, the location of the color is based in that rule of the knight movement in chess. And obviously, the background, it is gold or red, or blue, when the color of the object is also the same as the background disappears.

This geometric exploration is a way for me to think in tri-dimensionality, in movement. I see them as diagrams also, not so much as paintings, they are representing their own growing, their own geometric behavior. They start to behave as an organism. And I think that, I needed to do it in paintings, to free them from references to reality.