Damian Ortega, States of Time
Born in 1967 in Mexico City, Damián Ortega is one of the most prominent artists of his generation. His work prioritises action over object, seeking to call attention to the dynamism of the world around us, the continually evolving processes from which the world and everything in it is made. This major bilingual publication illustrates a body of work made from clay for his exhibition States of Time in which Ortega explores clay as matter, as energy, as power, turning his restless imagination to an investigation of how the earth is shaped and reshaped by both natural and human force. It includes writing by Adrian Forty, Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and Mexican journalist, writer and friend of the artist Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, alongside illustrations of the clay tools, waves, icebergs and valleys that together comprise States of Time. It was launched to mark the opening of 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival.