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Damian Ortega


Cosmic Thing, 2001

Beetle, 1983 Steel wire, variable dimensions

This work is very playful and looks like exploding a car. 

Damian Ortega is a Mexican artist. In Cosmic Thing, Ortega disassembles a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle car and then reassembles it, piece by piece, but this time suspended from wire in mid-air. As a symbol of Westernization to Mexico, the native country of Ortega, the installation hoped to show the mass produced vehicle in a new light. Revealing how all these small objects come together to form the classic VW Bug, Ortega makes us appreciate small details while reminding us how objects can rust and waste away. (Humorously, Boston Globe called it a "car manual diagram brought to life.")

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