Ariel Orozco, Detrãs Del Cristal, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome

10 February 2012 - 25 March 2012

CURATED BY CHRIS SHARP

Ariel Orozco’s second solo exhibition at Federica Schiavo Gallery is a stark and dynamic reflection on some of the contradictions, anomalies and paradoxes that have come to characterize our neoliberal reality and everyday existence. Blurring binaries of plenitude and scarcity, as well as preemption and impotence, the exhibition deftly plays a sense of suspense off that of precariousness to disquieting and comic effect.

Issues of fragility, blighted luxury, and bygone plenitude are wryly broached in Untitled, a box of chocolate, whose chocolates have all been consumed and Untitled a bottle of champagne, whose glass container is so riddled with fissures that it would be truly unwise to try to drink it. Paradoxes of lack and abundance take on an even greater amplitude in Untitled (Sed). This work consists of a large-scale installation of thousands of sand-filled drinking glasses scattered across a floor as if they were so many puddles. Here, the expansive absence of a hydrating resource is counterbalanced by the abundance of another, as useless as it is beautiful: sand. Meanwhile, the nearby Untitled (Problema) at once complicates and simplifies things. This installation is comprised of some odd sixty drains of varying colors and sizes, which are scattered haphazardly in the ground of a room with only one plug to stop up any potential loss. The vanity of the solution it offers for a problem, which, it just so happens is perfectly unresolvable, would be alarming, however given the apparent dearth of water, we no longer have anything to worry about (or do we?). A nearby beach ball, full of sea water, is liable to upset this odd reversal of fortune, but so perplexing is this object, by virtue of the tiny parcel of vastness it contains, that any threat it poses seems to virtually dissolve in its enigma.

(Text by Chris Sharp)

OPENING THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 6.00 – 9.00 PM

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