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Damian Ortega

Parkett, 2013

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Parquet floor with 12 painted segments,
each unique, each segment approx.
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 3/4" (19 x 19 x 2 cm),
made of 5 loose pieces. Segments
to be arranged individually.
Ed. 35/XXX, signed and numbered.

A sculpture that floors but never bores.


In the spirit of Duchamp, Ortega (like many of his peers) deploys the readymade to great effect. Using store-bought goods such as cameras, cars, and tools, his work establishes, by virtue of their prior reality as useful things, a reciprocal relationship between the realms of the everyday and art.

Helen Molesworth, Parkett 92