XALAPA, MÉXICO, 1962
Arenero (Sandbox), 2005
Madera, arena, bolas corcho / Wood, sand, cork balls
12 x 202 x 165 cm Adquirida / Acquired 2005
In 1996, Gabriel Orozco started a series of works entitled “Working Tables”, which consists of meticulously arranged accumulations of sketches, ideas, found objects, leftovers, and unfinished artworks on a flat square white surface, as if to trace his thinking process. The artist often talks about the fact he doesn’t have an artist’s studio and works in a more office-like setting, enacting his work in the exhibition space. Clearly alluding to a Zen rock garden, Arenero may also be mapping the elaboration of a thought, but also this contained territory. The placement of cork balls on a sand surface suggests the impermanence of the structure, and the potential evolution of this otherwise clearly established order. One may also think of Horses Running Endlessly, a piece Orozco made in 1995, which consists of an oversized chessboard occupied entirely by knights, each placed so as the head appears to look in a different direction.