Photos: Natural Motion at Moderna Museet

Photographer Annaliese Comelab frequently explores the latest exhibitions around town and will be occasionally sharing snippets alongside photos about Stockholm’s creative scene.


All photos by author. Artwork by Gabriel Orozco

Beautiful cobblestones with their own unique characters and personality created through works of nature or detailed drawings and patterns engraved by man.  The images below are scenes from the “Natural Motion” exhibition by one of the best conceptual artists around, Gabriel Orozco, now showing at Moderna Museet in Stockholm – an exhibition which explores the natural cycles, the beginning and end through different mediums such as photography, installations, painting and sculpture.





About Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco was born in Mexico in 1962 and lives in Paris, New York and Mexico City. According to Moderna Museet, he is one of the most widely recognised artists of his generation but has not been shown in the Nordic countries until now. Orozco’s reputation has been growing steadily since the late-1980s, and his oeuvre paved the way for a new form of conceptualism that embraces both deep contemplation and precise craftsmanship.

About the exhibition

These river stones have been polished into roundness by nature. Orozco found them stacked for sale on roadside cliffs along the Guerrero coast in Mexico. He made a drawing on each of the stones, in an attempt to express their individual character. A local stonemason then carved the artist’s drawings into the stones.

When Orozco got them back, he added a new layer of drawing to them, to enhance other aspects and observations. This procedure was repeated some five times on each stone, resulting in sculptures with shapes derived from rotation, circulation, mobility, cyclicity and erosion – themes that Orozco revisits again and again.

But they also suggest modernist sculpture by artists such as Constantin Brancusi and Hans Arp, fossils and ritual objects.

Gabriel Orozco’s “Natural Motion” runs at Moderna Museet in Stockholm from February 14 – May 4, 2014. It was curated by Ann-Sofi Noring and Matild Olof-Ors, and produced by Kunsthaus Bregenz in association with Moderna Museet.

About Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet has one of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art. The photography collection goes back as far as 1840. Moderna Museet is commissioned to collect, preserve, exhibit and organise learning activities relating to all forms of 20th and 21st century art.

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Author: Annaliese Comelab

Annaliese Comelab is a creative photographer with work experience in London, Melbourne, Sydney and now currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. She works in portraits, performance arts (dance, music, theatre), corporate headshots and events, reportage, travel and fine art. When she is not looking through the lens, you can find her spending time with her family and cycling around the city. Follow her visual logs on her blog

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