New York

Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco’s New York gallery debut seemed to have been painstakingly calibrated to confound the viewer’s expectations. The immediate impression upon entering the gallery was one of serene emptiness disrupted only by a small, thin blue ring at eye level in the center of each of the four walls. Upon closer examination, these rings turned out to be nearly identical plastic lids from yogurt containers that are transparent in the middle. Particularly noteworthy was the fact that absolutely nothing had been done to the lids: the price tags and expiration dates (one from May, three from September) were still largely intact. In the side gallery was a larger piece, consisting of a pair of metal tables with white plywood surfaces and an almost imperceptible groove along the top edge. Five identical plywood slats, several inches in width, were wedged into place to form arcs bridging the outer

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