Gabriel Orozco b. 1962, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Tempera and burnished gold leaf on canvas
15 13/16 x 15 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (40.2 x 40 x 4.4 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014
The piñanona (scientific name Monstera deliciosa) is a common plant used for decoration in homes and hotels throughout Mexico. In this canvas, Gabriel Orozco abstracts a composition from the image of a piñanona leaf’s shadow. While Orozco’s earlier paintings tend to focus on geometry and chance variation, here he observes a quotidian natural form, thus blurring the boundaries between the rational and the organic.