Pinched IV
© Gabriel Orozco

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Pinched IV 1997

Orozco’s ‘Pinched Stars’ were made by pinching together a small piece of wax between his thumb and forefinger. The resulting abstract shapes were scaled up by professional ceramicists and in turn cast in highly reflective aluminium. There is a perverse dislocation between the original gestural shape and the final semi-industrial process of production. Orozco is interested in the “the idea of enlargement of a gesture, the idea of blowing up production”. The twisted and contorted sculptures have a graceful, elegance to them alongside a strangeness that is both natural and fantastic.

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The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.



  • Acc. No. GMA 5145
  • Medium Cast aluminium
  • Size 32.00 x 29.00 x 29.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist and Anthony d'Offay through the Art Fund 2011