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Isla en la Isla (Island within an Island)
sheet 16 × 20 inches
cibachrome print
Not on view

Object Details

Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
A.P. ½ from an edition of 5
in black ink on reverse lower right “Gabriel Orozco 1992”; in black ink on reverse lower left “A/P” and at lower middle “Isla en la Isla”
Physical Description
New York skyline in the background with a garbage imitation of the skyline in the foreground
not known
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Gabriel Orozco, Isla en la Isla (Island within an Island) (1993) Walker Art Center, 2000

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.

Label text for Gabriel Orozco, Isla en la Isla (Island within an Island) (1993), from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

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