"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
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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".