Fernando Ortega, a Mexican artist born in 1971 and the winner of the SAM Art Projects residency program, presented his first solo exhibition in France at the Palais de Tokyo. In this show, Ortega offered a new reading of the building, inspired by everyday incidents, slight leaks of water trickling down from the ceilings which occurred while it was being renovated.
By way of humor, distance, poetry, and attention paid to inconspicuous events that occur in real life, the artist transforms contingency into necessity, making randomness the raw material of new productions and exploiting the situations of everyday. He captures events that escape all rules. This liking for the accidental sometimes leads him to abandon some of his authority to turn randomness into a quality of the work, or of its reception.
sam art projects, 2012
english and french
25 cm x 16.6 cm