Unreal Nature

August 15, 2019

Passing Like Ghosts Through the Glass

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… He exhibited reality as photographs so that reality did not become confused with museum hygiene.

This is from ‘Parts Imply Wholes and Wholes Are Social’ by Molly Nesbit found in Part Object Part Sculpture edited by Helen Molesworth (2005):

… In Cachoeira, Brazil, one evening in 1991, Gabriel Orozco found an empty market with its crowd of tables and a pile of unsold, rotting oranges. He laid an orange on each table, arranged them like points in the day’s wake, took a photo of this field of points, a hitherto unseen latent plane, and moved on. The Brazilians watching laughed and called him a crazy tourist. He smiled too and did not dispute them. He later said that this was his work in reality. Not on reality, not with reality, but in reality, his way of traveling in reality.

… He preferred to call the no-place [“utopia”] reality. When his work in reality was first shown inside the museum, he found a way to stress the outside. He exhibited reality as photographs so that reality did not become confused with museum hygiene. For his project show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1993, he took fresh oranges to a neighboring apartment building and asked the residents to put single oranges in their windows looking over the sculpture garden of the museum. He called the work “Home Run,” as if the oranges were enchanted baseballs hit out of the park, passing like ghosts through the glass.

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-Julie

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