Damian Ortega lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Mexico City. Born in 1967, New Mexico City, Ortega's work Cosmic Thing, makes subtle hints at the Volkswagen Beetle's role in globalization of Mexico, as it was a production site from the 1950s until 2003.
Damián Ortega's Cosmic Thing is reminiscent of Duchamp's "Readymades" in the artistic approach of taking an object and transforming it into a work of art. Cosmic Thing is a grey Volkswagen Beetle that has been "exploded" in the gallery space. Suspended from high test aircraft cable, every part of the Beetle has been dissected and strategically hung from the gallery ceiling. The work invites the viewer to inspect the object as individual pieces which collectively form the iconic car.
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