Damian Ortega, Mexican Artist, Born in 1967 , Mexico City
Damian Ortega artworks depict the application and impressions of human interaction with the physics intervenes into deeper imagery resulting in the exploration of tautness lies inside every object and the whole new unrevealed world can be discovered which bubbles-out portraying the diversity and interdependence of complex engineering. Damian Ortega’s oeuvres pictured through multiple media, scaled by drawing, film, photography, sculpture, and installation exposing the experimental coverage interpreting the possibilities of imagining the object and its interaction. The artist symbolizes and presents the consumerism at the edge of political and socials systems, which has questioned his concept as orchestrated explosion as to dismantling the object or reconstructing with the same methodology leans to the perfect representation of the narrative.
Ortega was a school dropout born in 1967 in Mexico City. At the age of sixteen, he started his career as political cartoonist without any formal art education, working for magazines and newspaper parodying political speeches and governmental misleading steps. He joined Gabriel Orozco self-styled art workshop which they called as “Taller de Los Viernes – Friday Workshop”. His interaction with Orozco had a great impact on his artistic journey, fascinated with the work of Diego Rivera and inclination toward the work of Marcel Duchamp filled with the concept of readymade influenced and reflected in his artistries. Damian Ortega works comprise of various materials and objects like tools, bricks, golf balls, oil barrels, and car parts precisely sculpted and portrayed.
Damian Ortega “False Movement (Stability and Economic Growth)” is a sculpture made out of three oil barrels hovering upon the rotating platform as a political parodied artwork questioning and interpreting the economic fragility as the oil-based economy is perilous and defenceless, the slogan of “Stability and Economic Growth” as electoral campaign is deceptive and misleading. The sculpture suggests the underlying delicacy of consumer economy subjecting the unjustified balances and worn exteriors.
Damian Ortega “Cosmic Things” considered as the most famous of his murals realized in 2002. The artist dismantled and disassembled a Volkswagen Beetle and each part of the car is suspended by wire from the ceiling reminiscent the slow-motion explosion, dragging viewer’s interaction and inspection to observe and visualize the machine’s secret history and at the illustration similar to the exploded diagram in vehicle manual book, which was primarily produced in Europe as people’s car and now manufactured only in Mexico, symbolize and suggesting the relative intensity of political ideologies. Cosmic Thing is the linchpin of Damian Ortega artwork, despite that almost all of his sculptures presented in precise arrangements hanging from ceiling defining the mechanized system.
The scholarly spring between the complex visuals and recycled quotidian objects define his work like in “Materialista” the representation of chromed parts of the material truck, in “Champ de Vision” a space filled with thousands of colour modules suspend from the ceiling are meant to experience the process of insight link eyes to the brain. In “Miracolo Italiano” the artist presented the sculptor of a scooter in three phases from scattered suspended parts to semi-assembled and a complete final product at the end. Similarly in “Controller of the Universe” the sculptor hang dozens of tools in the air pointing outward depicting a semi-exploded scene. The assemblage consists of saws, hammers, axels, and chisels reflecting the continuing desire to restructure and dominate the world, a struggle and inner revelation of artist’s visualization outlining Vietnam and Iraq War.
During the course consist of almost three decades; Damian Ortega exhibitions have taken place in all relevant institutions and art galleries around the globe in solo and group appearances. Solo exhibitions span from Museo Universitario del Chopo, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Kunsthalle Basel Switzerland, the Tate Modern London, the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Spain, also numerous group exhibitions and biennials including, the Musee de Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain France, the Israel Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Biennale de Lyon France, 50th and 55th Venice Biennial, Berlin Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, and Bienal de Sao Paulo Brazil.
Ortega nominated for Hugo Boss Prize and Preis Der National Galerie fur Junge Kunst and completed residency under DAAD residency program Berlin, currently residing and working in Berlin and Mexico City, the artist has introduced the new shape of sculptural artwork with a focus on production and presentation defining the meaning opposite and contrary to the rules of craftsmanship and inventiveness.
Damien Ortega Artworks, Documentary, Merging Reality with Possibility