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Gabriel Orozco

Untitled (Boarding Pass July 11)

2001

Working in sculpture, photography, drawing, video, and installation, Gabriel Orozco has developed a vocabulary that embraces everyday situations and found objects, drawing attention to the overlooked and the ephemeral. He generates meaning in his work by setting up unexpected combinations of mundane objects rather than focusing on the objects themselves. Untitled (Boarding Pass July 11) is from a series of works composed of everyday material that has been salvaged and reused. A plane ticket on which the artist overlaid multicolored geometric patterns in pencil and gouache, Untitled also evinces the artist’s rejection of the studio as a static location—Orozco makes do with what is at hand, making work wherever and whenever he happens to be.

Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962, Xalapa, Mexico; lives and works in Mexico City, New York, and Paris)
Untitled (Boarding Pass July 11), 2001
Gouache on paper boarding pass
3 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne

I’m drawing these graphic lines to relate with a specific object, which is in this case the tickets, or the photographs, or the skull. This graphic applied to real things is just activating our perception of something and at the same time manipulates perception. —Gabriel Orozco