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Atomist: Double Stump by Gabriel Orozco captures the same moment of a cricket match from an opposite perspective. Atomist: Double Stump by Gabriel Orozco captures the same moment of a cricket match from an opposite perspective.

Gabriel Orozco
Atomist: Double Stump, 1996

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Orozco’s art is full of impossible, funny and imaginative visual games.

Orozco uses photos of sports matches that he overlaps with geometrical patterns. In this work of art, the observer is confronted with sports photos taken by sports photographers that capture the same moment of a cricket match, but from the opposite perspective. The time overlap of the two photos is the result of the geometrical shapes that disrupt the visual language, but at the same time emphasise the fact that they mirror one another.

The photography that Orozco loves the most is precisely the moment that you can not anticipate, you have to be constantly alert. The work is seen as documenting the highly fugitive act of an exciting moment from a sports match. The two photos record a split second in time. This forensic interpretation of the photos, however, opens our eyes to another important aspect of the work, i.e. that in one and the same image, there is a great resemblance to reality and at the same time an illusionary alienation from reality created by his added graphics.