"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
PREVIEW: Pepón Osorio in Season 1 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2001)
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Pepón Osorio's sculptures and large-scale installations are influenced by his experience as a social worker and often evolve from interactions with neighborhoods. "My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community," says Osorio, who has worked in neighborhoods from Puerto Rico to Philadelpia to the Bronx.
Pepón Osorio is featured in the Season 1 episode "Place" of the Art21 series "Art in the Twenty-First Century".