Paris

Gabriel Orozco

Galerie Crousel-Robelin/Bama

Acclaimed for his two recent solo exhibitions (one organized by the Kanaal Art Foundation in Kortrijk, Belgium, in the spring of 1993; the other last autumn for the “Projects” series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art), Gabriel Orozco showed his work for the first time in France last year. La D.S., 1993, conceived specifically for this exhibition, reigned alone at the center of the main gallery space. Summarily described, it was, one could say, an automobile (the Citroën D.S.), which Orozco subjected to a triple process: fragmentation, subtraction, and reassembly. The car was in fact cut lengthwise into three roughly equal parts, the two lateral pieces then carefully put back together to form a more narrow vehicle of radically altered proportions.

A complex operation, and a disconcerting result: La D.S. presents itself to the spectator like a sphinx, whose premeditated character (which

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