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Bruno Botella, Oborot, 2012, silicone, hair, 18 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"

Bruno Botella

Galerie Samy Abraham

Bruno Botella, Oborot, 2012, silicone, hair, 18 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"

When visiting the exhibition “Oborot,” one is quickly struck by the coherence of the ensemble composed by eight works, all executed this past summer in the gallery itself. Black, white, and gray provide the dominant color scheme and produce a first distancing. The forms and their presentation devices are intriguing, even while seeming familiar; the titles add to the perplexity, whether they sound poetic—for instance Maillon de repli (Pearled Maillon) (all works 2012)—or just strange, like Qotrob or Oborot. If those two works are linked by their sound—and seem to echo the artist’s last name—they are not of the same origin: The former comes from Arabic, while the latter is an old Russian word for “werewolf.” Other titles cite proper names that may not be familiar—G. Dedlow? The object and its title offer separate entrances into Bruno Botella’s artistic

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