The Institute of Contemporary Art from Boston was firstly conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. With this philosophy the museum has established its reputation for identifying important new artists… like for example Damian Ortega.
This is the first-ever survey of Ortega’s work and in order to do so the ICA has asked for Jessica Morgan’s help (from Tate Modern). It will show the arc of his artistic output with a range of sculpture, installation, video, and photography.
Ortega is known for taking things apart and putting them back together again…
Born in 1967 in Mexico City, Ortega is one of the most prominent artists of the new Mexican generation. His works explore specific economic, aesthetic and cultural situations and in particular how regional culture affects commodity consumption.
He began his career as a political cartoonist and his art has the intellectual rigour and sense of playfulness often associated with his previous occupation. He creates sculptures, installations, videos and actions inspired by a wide range of mundane objects, from golf balls and pick-axes to bricks, rubbish bins and even tortillas, all subjected to what has been described as Ortega’s characteristically “mischievous process of transformation and dysfunction”.
Ortega’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and Mexico City. He has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005), Tate Modern, London (2005), Museu da Arte Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2005)…
The exhibition will be displayed until January 18th 2010, so if you’re lucky enough to live or pass by, go ahead and then tell us about it.