Having begun to establish an international reputation in the early 1990s, Gabriel Orozco is now recognized as one of the leading artists of his generation. Constantly travelling, and without any fixed studio, Orozco rejects national or regional identifications, drawing his inspiration from the different places he has lived or stayed in. Born in Jalapa, Mexico, in 1962, he currently lives between Mexico, New York and Paris.
His open and constantly developing approach finds expression in works of widely varying scale in a great diversity of media, the artist showing equal ease, freedom and fluidity in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.
For this exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Orozco has come up with an original layout based on the idea of the studio. Doing without internal walls, labelling or commentary, the works are displayed in a simplicity that echoes the moment of their creation, before their appropriation by the museum and its apparatus. The works are placed in three lines, on the floor, on market tables and on the walls. The artist makes a connection between the gallery and its urban surroundings, in a dialogue with the adjacent street, the restaurant tables and the passers-by, recalling the importance of public space in his art. The pieces are displayed without labels, but accompanied by this leaflet and by interventions on the pages of a catalogue of the French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue, which function like visual commentaries. The artist and the Centre Pompidou also present a performance conceived specifically for the exhibition involving actors playing the role of Mexican police guards “imported” to take care of the works.