Damián Ortega: Taken apart & reassembled

Mexican artist Damián Ortega, formerly a political cartoonist, has a fascinating curiosity with taking everyday items apart and reassembling them, bringing attention to the dynamics of the world we live in.

The works are extremely beautiful and they remind me of one of my favorite artists, Claire Morgan. Using a wide range of mediums from sculpture, installation, videography to photography, he exhibits a quietness that is really poetic.

Cosmic thing, 2002

False Movement (Stability and Economic Growth), 1999 ( Photo credits: John Kennard)

I think his roots of being a political cartoonist really shows here.  On the surface, it seems everything is growing but on the contrary, the growth is unstable and falsely represented with the non-existent increase.

120 Days, 2002

Autoconstruction, Bridges and Dams: Extension, 1997

Selection from Belo Horizonte Project, 2004

Part of The Independent installation.

Makes me look at my surroundings with much more curiosity.

Blessed New Year everyone!

X Alex

(Images from ICA and Barbican)

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