Damián Ortega
1967
Ciudad de México
Ciudad de México
CV

Solo Exhibitions

2018
“The Modern Garden,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

2017
“Play Time,” White Cube, London

2016
"Textile," Gladstone Gallery, Brussels

"Damián Ortega," The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

“El cohete y el abismo,” Palacio de Cristal-Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

2015
“O Fim da Matéria,” Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

“Casino,” HangarBicocca, Milan, [traveled to Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden (2016)]

"Damián Ortega," Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014
“Reading Landscapes,” Kukje Gallery, Seoul

2013
"Damian Ortega," Gladstone Gallery, New York

"Cosmogonia Doméstica," Museo Jumex, Mexico

“Apestraction” The Freud Museum, London

“Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers,” The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

2012
"Belo Horizonte Project," Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

“Traces of gravity,” White Cube, London

2011
“Damián Ortega,” Kurimanzutto, Mexico City

“Tool Bit,” Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev

2010
“The Independent,” The Curve, The Barbican, London

”New Balance,” Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland

2009
“Materialista,” Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

“Damián Ortega: CAPITAL Less,” Gladstone Gallery, New York

“Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

2008
“Damián Ortega,” The Centre Pompidou, Paris

2007
“Man is the Controller of the Universe,” DAAD Gallery, Berlin

“Being,” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

“Nine Types of Terrain,” White Cube Gallery, London

“Obelisco transportable,” Public Art Fund, Central Park, New York

“Inversión de Poderes,” Project for the University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

“Sculptures In The Park,” Project for Villa Manin, Passariano Codroipo, Italy

2005
“Damián Ortega: The Beetle Trilogy And Other Works,” Gallery at REDCAT, The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

“The Uncertainty Principle,” UNTITLED Project Series, Tate Modern, London

2004
“Damián Ortega,” Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

“Spirit and Matter,” White Cube, London

“Damián Ortega,” Museu de Arte de Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

“Moby Dick,” Kurimanzutto at Mega Comercial Mexicana, Mexico City

2003
“A Materia A Energia,” Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2002
“Cosmic Thing,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

“Damián Ortega,” D’Amelio Terras, New York

“DO IT!,” Artist project for Frieze Magazine, March Issue 65

2001
“Alguem Me Soletra,” Casa de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

1997
“Reglas E Instintos,” Galería Art & Idea, Mexico City

1991
“Fuerza Viva,” Galería Etnia, Mexico City

Awards and Residencies

2007
Preis Der Nationalgalerie fur junge kunst nominee, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

2006
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Residency Program, Berlin

2005
Colecção Teixeira de Freitas, Lisbon

Hugo Boss Prize nominee

His work has also been a part of biennials such as: Tsumari-Echigo Triennale,
Japan (2018); 14e Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); THE GARDEN – End of Times;
Beginning of Times, ARoS triennial, Aarhus, Denmark (2017); APAP 6 Anyang Public
Art Project, South Korea (2016); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015);
55th and 50th Venice Biennial (2013 and 2003); 11 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2012); 4
Berlin Biennale (2006); 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); 27a Bienal de São
Paulo, Brazil (2006) and 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002)

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC,
Museo Jumex, CDMX

Galleries

Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
White Cube Gallery, London, UK
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

BIOGRAPHY

Through the use of wit and humor, Damián Ortega deconstructs familiar objects and processes altering their functions and transforming them into novel experiences and scenarios. Ortega’s work plays with a scale that ranges from the molecular to the cosmic, applying the concepts of physics to human interactions where chaos, accidents, and instability produce a system of relations in flux. Inverting and dissecting, reconfiguring and zooming in, he explores the tension that underlies every object and the infinite world inside them. The result of his inquiries reveals the interdependence of diverse components, be it within a complex engineered machine or a social system. Although his projects –which he envisions through drawing– take form in sculpture, installation, performance, film, and photography, for Ortega the work of art is always an action: an event. His experiments inhabit a space where possibility and everydayness converge to activate a transcendent new way of looking at simple objects and routine interactions.

Damián Ortega began his career as a political cartoonist. He joined Gabriel Orozco’s workshop Taller de los viernes from 1987 to 1992.

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1967
Ciudad de México
Ciudad de México
CV

Solo Exhibitions

2018
“The Modern Garden,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

2017
“Play Time,” White Cube, London

2016
"Textile," Gladstone Gallery, Brussels

"Damián Ortega," The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

“El cohete y el abismo,” Palacio de Cristal-Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

2015
“O Fim da Matéria,” Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

“Casino,” HangarBicocca, Milan, [traveled to Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden (2016)]

"Damián Ortega," Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014
“Reading Landscapes,” Kukje Gallery, Seoul

2013
"Damian Ortega," Gladstone Gallery, New York

"Cosmogonia Doméstica," Museo Jumex, Mexico

“Apestraction” The Freud Museum, London

“Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers,” The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

2012
"Belo Horizonte Project," Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

“Traces of gravity,” White Cube, London

2011
“Damián Ortega,” Kurimanzutto, Mexico City

“Tool Bit,” Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev

2010
“The Independent,” The Curve, The Barbican, London

”New Balance,” Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland

2009
“Materialista,” Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

“Damián Ortega: CAPITAL Less,” Gladstone Gallery, New York

“Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

2008
“Damián Ortega,” The Centre Pompidou, Paris

2007
“Man is the Controller of the Universe,” DAAD Gallery, Berlin

“Being,” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

“Nine Types of Terrain,” White Cube Gallery, London

“Obelisco transportable,” Public Art Fund, Central Park, New York

“Inversión de Poderes,” Project for the University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

“Sculptures In The Park,” Project for Villa Manin, Passariano Codroipo, Italy

2005
“Damián Ortega: The Beetle Trilogy And Other Works,” Gallery at REDCAT, The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

“The Uncertainty Principle,” UNTITLED Project Series, Tate Modern, London

2004
“Damián Ortega,” Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

“Spirit and Matter,” White Cube, London

“Damián Ortega,” Museu de Arte de Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

“Moby Dick,” Kurimanzutto at Mega Comercial Mexicana, Mexico City

2003
“A Materia A Energia,” Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2002
“Cosmic Thing,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

“Damián Ortega,” D’Amelio Terras, New York

“DO IT!,” Artist project for Frieze Magazine, March Issue 65

2001
“Alguem Me Soletra,” Casa de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

1997
“Reglas E Instintos,” Galería Art & Idea, Mexico City

1991
“Fuerza Viva,” Galería Etnia, Mexico City

Awards and Residencies

2007
Preis Der Nationalgalerie fur junge kunst nominee, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

2006
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Residency Program, Berlin

2005
Colecção Teixeira de Freitas, Lisbon

Hugo Boss Prize nominee

His work has also been a part of biennials such as: Tsumari-Echigo Triennale,
Japan (2018); 14e Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); THE GARDEN – End of Times;
Beginning of Times, ARoS triennial, Aarhus, Denmark (2017); APAP 6 Anyang Public
Art Project, South Korea (2016); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015);
55th and 50th Venice Biennial (2013 and 2003); 11 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2012); 4
Berlin Biennale (2006); 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); 27a Bienal de São
Paulo, Brazil (2006) and 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002)

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC,
Museo Jumex, CDMX

Galleries

Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
White Cube Gallery, London, UK
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY