Exhibition: The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Annex Level 7
Dates: November 9, 2012–January 13, 2013

If you have never been to the Guggenheim Museum,  or heard of Gabriel Orozco, now’s the time to go in and experience a double dosage of fun, mystery, and culture with Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms.  If you are familiar with Gabriel’s work then you know you are in for a treat. Gabriel, a Mexican-American artist, excites us with his display of carefully selected everyday items and translates them into Art. As with anything else in life, art has different genres and our interpretation is deeply related to our emotional, physical, and/or spiritual connection. Additionally, his work has earned a gold star for portraying an eccentrically beautiful arrangement and metaphor to reality. It is a mind-blowing trip into the passion behind his work.

As you stroll through the walls, you enter into Gabriel’s mind and world searching for an answer to his inspiration. The details of each piece leave you in complete awe and fascination that will have you questioning the motive behind them and wonder what Gabriel will do next. Some things are small like screws and hinges.  Others are big, such as the light bulbs and glass bottles that transition from light to dark, tall to short. Then there are tennis balls, buoys, and colorful to neutral  styrofoam round objects. Gabriel does not discriminate against wooden oars, rocks, pebbles, restored barnacles and almost everything you can imagine. Objects that we sometimes take for granted or dismiss as unimportant minutiae in fact turn out to be something of value to someone else and in this case, it happens to Gabriel Orozco. Every item, meticulously displayed horizontally or vertically on the white, pristine floor of the Museum is an example of an organized blueprint.

This was an impressive event to attend and my only advice is to visit the Museum early. If you do, leave logic and reason out the door and allow your mind to receive this genius experience until its exit on January 13, 2013.

By: Laura M Artis