THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Damián Ortega

BORN 1967 | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

 


Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Olympus, 2009
Two metal structures, 26 plastic sheets holding a sectioned photographic camera 24 ¾ x 83 1/8 x 19 7/8 inches
Gift of Mark and Marie Schwartz
2010.1


Olympus exemplifies Ortega’s interest in how things work, his playful exploration of mechanisms and systems from biology to politics, and his focus on the relationships of individual parts to the whole. Ortega disassembles an Olympus 35-mm camera, then suspends its parts in a series of parallel plastic sheets, evoking slides under a microscope. Olympus’s analog camera, almost a relic in our digital age, is a tool that captures the present while belonging to the past.

 

 

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