Sunday morning, Lida, Ewa and I, in the spirit of enthusiastic and accomplished art historians, went down to Tate Modern to see the newly opened Gabriel Orozco Exhibition.
Orozco is a Mexican artist interested in “reconfiguring existing objects and challenge our understanding of them”. This one for example, consists of towels made of lint formed from skin cells, hair and fabric accumulated in New York City tumble dryers. Really extremely disgusting, but disturbingly fascinating at the same time…
A real life human skull with obituary quotes in the background:
The exhibition was to us, even as 2nd year art historians, a bit too abstract in many ways. Some works were very clever and I really enjoyed them, but rolling a stone down the road calling it a “self-portrait” and spitting toothpaste on a paper and saying that it symbolizes “natural forms of life” was a bit too pretentious and far-fetched for me. Sometimes you’d think these exhibitions were only set up to make us “ordinary” people seem stupid and shallow. However, Tate currently has a temporary display in the entrance hall which I found more extraordinary than the whole of the Gabriel Orozco exhibition combined. The Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei commissioned hundreds of Chinese workers to produce and hand paint thousands of individually crafted porcelain sunflower seeds to be spread over the floor at Tate. The mass production, combined with the unique individuality of each seed, invites us to reconsider the “Made in China” phenomenon, and the exploitation of Chinese workers. Amazingly clever work.
I love this picture of us on our way home, crossing the Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s cathedral towering in the background:
Enjoyed my morning a lot – not so much because of the art itself, but because it was fun to be puzzled and confused with Ewa and Lida.