Tony Orrico Physical Tension Defines Ideas in Motion

EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk covers the Untitled Fair in Miami and found artist Tony Orrico of the Marso gallery in Mexico to be very interesting. Here we share a little more about the artist and his work.

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Tony Orrico and Marso

CARBON was the first solo exhibition of Tony Orrico in Mexico. This show further extends the synthesis of resources normally used in Orrico’s performances: body, graphite, plane, time and space. From eight specific actions that begin on a paper and culminate in the transformation of the body into graphite, the viewer can witness an evolution of his performance art practice.

The repetitive actions which at first glance may seem absurd become powerful reflections on life cycles, energetic flows and complementary opposites. The repetitions that lead to exhaustion become deep metaphors about life and death simultaneously. The material trace of ‘where the body once was’ within the new work becomes paramount. It asserts an aesthetic autonomy for the art object in relation to the performance act while maintaining the striking visual correlation between body and material that Orrico is known for.

Tony Orrico Bio

Tony Orrico, Chicago 1979, starting point as an artist is the development of his own physical symmetry practice. In his own words, his “state of readiness” implies the imprint of his body to a surface or object. He avows that artists must prepare themselves as they would their mediums.

Orrico is fascinated with how physical impulses manifest into visible forms. He finds inherent beauty in what is lost through representation and how ideas in motion may replicate, mutate, or disintegrate.

His artifacts and performances often enter infinities of reflective and rotational symmetry. Centralizing on themes of cyclic motion and the generation and regeneration of material, the work draws on the tension between what is fleeting and what is captured.


Marso is an independent curatorial initiative and gallery dedicated to promote international contemporary art in Mexico and Mexican contemporary art in other countries.

They collaborate with museums, foundations and cultural institutions in Mexico and abroad.

Based on a rigorous curatorial selection, they work with established artists while promoting the careers of new talent both Mexican and foreign. They run a residency program, local artist's workshops and a permanent public educational program.

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