Inner Circles of the Wall


Gabriel Orozco ( Mexican, 1962 )

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General Description

When viewers come across this work in a gallery, they might not realize these enigmatic objects are not part of a worksite, but in fact form a work of art. Gabriel Orozco had masons cut a plaster wall in his Paris gallery into numerous parts. He then drew precise graphite circles on these parts that just touch their irregular edges, and placed the pieces on the gallery floor to lean against the walls. Orozco's action challenges notions of how a work of art is made, yet also follows a line of thought in contemporary sculpture. This is the notion that the work of art, rather than being a solid, defined object, can be literally dispersed throughout the spaces of the museum. Sculpture has taken on new forms that can suggest simultaneously the act of creation as well as the dissolution of matter itself.

Adapted from

  • "Inner Circles of the Wall" in _Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, _ed. Bonnie Pitman (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), 344.

  • Charles Wylie, Gabriel Orozco: Inner Circles of the Wall, Brochure, 2007.