Fernando Ortega

26 Nov 2008 – 17 Jan 2009

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Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Lisson Gallery | 67 Lisson Street

London, United Kingdom


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Lisson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by the Mexican artist Fernando Ortega, the artist's second UK solo exhibition. Ortega works with a diverse range of media and often directs his gaze to situations that normally go unnoticed, ordering images or objects into scenarios that suddenly generate powerful encounters, bridging sensory and intellectual experiences. Through the careful rearrangement of everyday objects and images into new configurations, Ortega's sculptures and installations investigate the limits of visual representation and the borders of sound and the audible. For his exhibition at Lisson Gallery Ortega is developing a new body of work that will encompass installation, sculpture and photography. This exhibition will follow a major survey exhibition of Fernando Ortega's work at MUCA, Mexico City, curated by Patrick Charpenel and accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by Jens Hoffmann and Michel Blancsubé. In the making of his work, Ortega seems to share Sol LeWitt's conviction that ‘irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically'. Ortega's practice sees the artist thoroughly pursue an idea that can at first appear unachievable due to technical difficulties or practical impediments. At the same time his works rely on fortuitous and apparently inconsequential circumstances. At the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, Ortega's electric fly-killer, hung up high under the ceiling, cut the space's power supply each time an insect was electrocuted, causing a momentary blackout within the space. Earlier this year at Museo de arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, Ortega realised Assisted Levitation, for which a tower crane was erected holding a bird feeder. A hummingbird attracted by the honeyed nectar would reach it, and perch on it, before flying away. Seeking a sense of equilibrium while undermining conventional assumptions, the works play between the factual and the intangible.

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