Damián Ortega: the Rock and the Abyss
Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid
5 May – 2 October 2016
This Ortega installation revisits the artist’s previous series (2007), which was inspired by Mexico City’s Torre Latinoamérica, built between 1949 and 1956 and regarded as one of the most important examples of modern architecture in Mexico. In his new installation Ortega has inverted the tower and hung it from the dome of the Palacio as an hour-glass cum pendulum which releases grains of sand in unpredictable designs. Organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía .
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
9 July – 23 October 2016
Ortega (b. 1967) is one of the new generation of Mexican artists whose sculptures focus attention on how the forces of nature, whether wind, water, arth or fire, act on the earth and affect humankind. The works in the Fruitmarket exhibition are mainly made from clay to form waves, ‘icebergs’ or track the eroding power of a river and will introduce a major new sculpture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new bilingual publication Damián Ortega: States of Time fully illustrating this new body of work and including texts by Adrian Forty and Sergio González Rodríguez,