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Title
Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone)
Date
1992
Dimensions
overall installed 14.5 × 15.5 × 16 inches
Materials
plasticine, debris
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1996.166
Edition
2/3
Physical Description
gray ball of plasticine with debris from being rolled on the ground; approximately 200 lbs.; edition 2 of 3
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Gabriel Orozco, Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone) (1992) Walker Art Center, 1998

Gabriel Orozco believes that “very simple gestures and actions” can transform any experience, even the most mundane, into a work of art. These actions often result in objects that either cease to exist or change over time. In this way, Orozco challenges the accepted definitions of art and artistic practices. The vast majority of his work, which varies broadly in media, results from slight interventions in or interactions with his immediate environment, whether a supermarket, a beach, the streets of a rural village, or an urban landscape.

To make Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone), Orozco shaped nearly 150 pounds of plasticine (equal approximately to his own body weight) into a ball and pushed it through the streets of New York City. In the process, dirt and detritus from the streets were embedded in the surface of this malleable material. Orozco references many art-making traditions in this work: Arte Povera’s recycling of prosaic materials, Earth Art’s exploration of sites beyond the gallery or museum, and the engagement of the artist’s own body in performance art.

Label text for Gabriel Orozco, Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone) (1992), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center

curriculum resource Gabriel Orozco, Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone) (1992) Walker Art Center, 2002

Gabriel Orozco believes that “very simple gestures and actions” can transform any experience, even the most mundane, into a work of art. These actions often result in objects that either cease to exist or change over time. In this way, Orozco challenges the accepted definitions of art and artistic practices. The vast majority of his work, which varies broadly in media, results from slight interventions in or interactions with his immediate environment, whether a supermarket, a beach, the streets of a rural village, or an urban landscape.

To make _ Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone)_, Orozco shaped nearly 150 pounds of plasticine (equal approximately to his own body weight) into a ball and pushed it through the streets of New York City. In the process, dirt and detritus were embedded in the surface of this malleable material. Orozco references many art-making traditions in this work: the recycling of ordinary materials, exploration of art spaces beyond the gallery or museum, and the engagement of the artist’s own body in performance art.

Text for Gabriel Orozco, Piedra que cede (Yielding Stone) (1992), from the curriculum guide So, Why Is This Art?, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2002.

Copyright 2002 Walker Art Center