Master of light bulbs

If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern. It features a word-heavy installation he’s done, called Obituaries, that I was quite taken by.

It’s basically a collection of newspaper obituary headlines. Bear with me here... Orozco’s reproduced loads of them on massive sheets of paper. Without the name or date or any other information. Just the headlines.

The result is an amusing, intriguing collection of floating stories. There’s something interesting in the choices the obituary writers have made for capturing an entire life in one short, sharp phrase. How fascinating that so many people’s lives can be summed up in a handful of words.

Some of my favourites included ‘Master of light bulbs’ and ‘Effervescent Jazzman’.

Have a watch of this video to see what the man himself has to say about it. And get down to the exhibition to see it for yourself before it ends on April 25.

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