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States Of Time (Damián Ortega)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2016

States of Time_Damian Ortega Ed2016

The Mexican artist Damián Ortega comes to Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery in a new exhibition, exploring how the human and natural worlds have changed and developed, as well as how they have impacted upon one another. Ortega utilises clay, the most elemental of materials, in order to create, amongst other things, icebergs, waves and an array of man-made tools. There is a thrilling sense of experimentation and spontaneity to the work, with many pieces being unfired or unglazed, making it clear that Ortega is an artist more concerned with process and play. Indeed, the profoundly unstudied and effortless pieces seem to reflect the natural processes with which the exhibition is concerned — the flowing, fluctuating forces of time and weather.

Fruitmarket Gallery, until 23 Oct.
tw rating 4/5 | [Megan Wallace]