The dictionary defines Asterisms as a pattern of stars and can help form an official constellation. Constellations are composed of stars which, while visible in the same physical direction are not physically related and often have significantly different distances from Earth.
I look at art similarly to the way astronomers look at the Cosmos. The parts that compose these two installations represent meteors on foreign territory; meteors that don’t belong to the environment yet somehow occupy it. Some mysterious force pushed these meteors and caused them to crash. They carry their on history, past, lost memories, and have become an instant archeology of the contemporary. A sense of voyage is spread throughout the entire exhibition.
Sandstars is an accumulation of objects found on the beach of Isla Arena. Arena is a UNESCO world heritage, a protected biosphere, and a whale sanctuary. This is where artist, Orozco collected the skeleton for the artwork of Mobile Matrix.
In addition to collecting bones from the natural environment, the artist also collected the pollution and detritus to show how the unnatural has collided with and destroyed nature. The garbage is separated into categories and features light bulbs, helmets, glass bottles, a Swiss knife, and even a plastic duck! Some bottles carry messages and experiments used to measure the sea current. Among nearly 1200 of these objects some are not immediately recognizable. A lot of them have been carved and eroded by the sea. They resemble alien parts artificial parts on organic ground. These visitors have their own mysterious life and keep traveling.
Astroturf Constellation is a collection of small objects found on an artificial playing field in New York. Some of these 1200 objects include chewing gum, hairclips, bracelets, coins, rubber bands, and shoe residue. Each object has been photographed in life size, archived, and placed along the installation.
The Duetsche Guggenheim, Berlin, commissioned Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms.
Fiammetta De Michele