Edinburgh Art Festival 2013: Gabriel Orozco at The Fruitmarket Gallery

By Mark Sheerin | 13 August 2013

Exhibition preview: Gabriel Orozco – thinking in circles, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until October 18 2013

Black and white painting of a constellation of dark circles
Gabriel Orozco, The Eye of Go (2005)© courtesy Gabriel Orozco; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and Galeria Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
What is the difference between thinking about a painting and thinking with one? The answer to this, and no doubt several more questions, will be answered by a trip to the Fruitmarket should you be lucky enough to find yourself in Edinburgh this festival season.

Professor Briony Fer has curated this show around a touchstone from 200. This would be geometric black and white painting The Eye of Go. And as the title of her show promises, this straightforward piece is built from a series of circles.

Thinking in circles might sound like a bad idea, akin to tying oneself in knots or going round without getting anywhere. But with no such thing as progress in art, it is surely worth coming back time and again to themes, colours or shapes.

Mexican Orozco does indeed return to his circle motif. It has allowed the gallery to carve a slice out of his 20-year career. Fans of the artist will be no doubt be thrilled by a hitherto unseen series of paintings on acetate.

The show shuttles back and forth in time between the early 1990s and the present day, promising to say something about the ‘makeability’ of art today.

Have things changed since 1990? Probably. Have they got better? Come and find out.

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