The majority of Gabriel Orozco’s work results from slight interventions in or interactions with his immediate environment, whether that be a supermarket, a beach, the streets of a rural village, or an urban landscape. He freely references earlier artistic practices–most notably Arte Povera’s recycling of prosaic materials, Minimalism’s strict geometries and seriality, post-Minimalism’s casual compositions, and Earth Art’s exploration of sites far beyond the confines of the gallery–making it impossible to reduce his art to one tradition or one line of inquiry. Isla en la Isla (Island within an Island) is a double landscape: one a desolate view of Manhattan from New Jersey with the skyline outlined against a cloudy sky; and, in the foreground, a mini-tableau Orozco made to mimic that view using the materials he found on-site. His rudimentary and somewhat drab depiction seems to mock the importance this city of cities has claimed for itself as an international center of art and global politics.
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