Samurai Tree Invariants
On the occasion of the exhibition Gabriel Orozco, the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books presents the artist’s Samurai Tree Invariants, an animation and digital print installation acquired for the Museum’s collection in 2008. Furthering the artist’s interest in chess and its rules of play—a recurrent motif in his paintings and drawings—this project turns to time-based media and printmaking to expand upon the theme. Limiting himself to the circle’s simple form and only four colors, Orozco multiplies, reduces, and shifts these elements according to a predetermined system to create hundreds of sequential compositions on screen and on paper. The resulting installation is an immersive space that combines digital precision with organic mutability, to mesmerizing effect. Orozco’s Samurai Tree Invariants represents an expanded concept of printmaking that embraces digital technology and encompasses installation art.