Gabriel Orozco
Kiss of the Egg, 1998
Gabriel Orozco (1962)
Kiss of the Egg, 1998
Iron and egg
8 x 120 x 55 cm

Gabriel Orozco works in a broad range of media, including drawing, installation, photography, sculpture, and painting. The vocabulary of his propositions takes elements from conceptual art as well as Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, which he combines with an acute and incisive observation of his surroundings. In the Kiss of the Egg, Orozco reflects on how one might become estranged from the everyday act of kissing by transforming an intimate gesture into a public one. A steel infinity sign, big enough for a person to stand inside each loop, hangs from the ceiling. At the juncture of this figure-eight, one finds an egg precariously balanced on a stand. Visitors are invited to pair up and interact with the piece by simultaneously kissing the egg at the center. Careful not to knock it down, participants focus on the present and become aware of the forces and intensities involved in a kiss. The work’s symbolic potential allows for any number of interpretations, including those that reference eternity, equilibrium, life and fertility.

Image: Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York