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Gabriel Orozco

(Mexico 27 Apr 1962 – )

Polvo Impreso
Other titles:
Lint Book
Media category
Materials used
boxed portfolio of 12 soft ground etchings and text in Spanish and English printed on Fabriano Tiepolo and Gampi paper
19/25 (10 bound books, 15 loose portfolios + 7 artist's proofs)

12 etchings: each 20.1 x 16.9 cm platemark; 43.0 x 37.5 cm sheet:

a-l - 12 etchings; 20.1 x 16.9 cm; platemark, each print

a-l - 12 etchings; 43 x 37.5 cm; sheet, each print

Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner each sheet, pencil "GABRIEL OROZCO". Not dated.
Purchased 2004
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

These twelve configurations appeared while imprinting layers of lint on to a copper plate. The lint was obtained from clothes drying machines. They are familiar residues from washing and drying our everyday clothes. They are twelve skins of dust, leftovers from textile fabrics and from our bodies: they contain human skin and hair. We made 12 etchings mechanically obtained as images and mechanically reproduced as prints. Twelve compositions of particles that we witnessed and kept in time with ink and paper. Twelve became an image, but dust and image are contrary. Dust tends to cover the image and to convert it into an object. Dust converts the window into the wall. Dust is space but not a landscape. There is no illusion, just the illusion of an illusion. And this is a book, dust flies away, and when we read it, like any book, we read an image in spite of dust.

Gabriel Orozco, text panel in English

Exhibition history (1)

Dust, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Jul 2005–25 Sep 2005