The next commission in The Curve will be an ambitious installation by acclaimed Mexican artist Damián Ortega. For 31 days Ortega has set himself the challenge of creating a new sculpture over 24 hours. Each sculpture will be inspired by an item culled from the newspaper of that day: whether a news story, a photograph, or a graphic. Over the calendar month the works will accumulate in the gallery to become both a sculptural chronicle of a particular period of time and a dynamic reinterpretation of the notion of an art commission.
Damián Ortega is one of the leading sculptors of his generation. His Barbican commission follows important solo shows at ICA Boston (2009) and Centre Pompidou (2008), White Cube (2007) and Tate Modern (2005). He began his career as a political cartoonist before he turned to art, and the development of his characteristically âmischievous process of transformation and dysfunction'.
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