"Black Kites" (1997-2001)

"Black Kites," 1997-2001
Graphite on skull, 8 1/2 x 5 x 6 1/4 inches
Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Purchased with funds contributed by the Committee on Twentieth-Century Art
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

"When I did ‘Black Kites,’ I was interested in how we perceive volume, how we perceive tri-dimensionality. I am interested in the pattern in the grid and how we perceive truth, always through filters of light, darkness, or many other things. It’s not a pure vision; it’s always there in layers- cultural and physical layers. I was just trying to impose a homogeneous pattern on a very complex tri-dimensional object- a human cranium."

- Gabriel Orozco