Materia Escrita (Written matter) is a selection of texts and images from Gabriel Orozco’s notebooks, dating from 1992, when he begins to travel and show internationally. Because he did not have a fixed studio, these notebooks became indispensable in the development of his ideas and various projects. To date, his notes comprise more than four thousand pages of texts, drawings, and collages.
Edited by the artist himself, this book is a chronological flow of analytical thought, a kind of underground stream that runs parallel to his work. This written material is an essential part of Gabriel Orozco’s work: the notebooks are in fact a mobile studio, as well as a personal dictionary that he can use to reference and pick up the train of his thoughts.
Much of Orozco’s work seems defined by immediate gestures, sometimes quite momentary and fleeting. Upon reading his manuscripts we can see that many of his ideas incubated for months, or were developing over a period of years before their final execution – which, by contrast, is usually completed in a few days.
Here is the daily work of someone who stopped to write and think as though words were the only way to specify or describe his intentions and define certain impulses that led him to carry out his projects. With no studio and no allegiance to a specific medium, Orozco was attentive to the happenings in the world around him. This process forged new tools and processes that he has used to challenge and innovate the artistic endeavor – creating work that has gained him recognition as one of the most influential contemporary artists in the world.
ediciones era, 2014
mexico city, mexico
23 x 15 cm