Pepón Osorio

Pepón Osorio

Purifier, 2011

Biography


Pepón Osorio, a 1999 MacArthur fellow and participant in the landmark 1993 Whitney Biennial, creates work that emerges from his experience as a social worker in the Bronx. His art practice includes objects, videos, and detailed installations that evoke familiar spaces such as barbershops, offices, and homes and respond to his experiences with persons inside specific, often Latino communities. His work nonetheless extrapolates beyond specificity to general themes such as family, community, and identity. His installation Drowned in a Glass of Water (2010) re-creates the home of a family he interacted with in Western Massachusetts, exploring issues of economics, cultural identity, and individual family struggles. Noting his work often yields difficult emotions, he has said he would love viewers to think about “who they are in relationship to what they had just seen, and start a negotiation not only with the artwork but with the public at large.”

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Exhibitions

Sep 10, 2011 Pepón Osorio Pepón Osorio

Nov 19, 2005 Pepón Osorio Trial and Turbulence

Sep 14, 2002 Pepón Osorio New Installation Work

Sep 14, 1999 Pepón Osorio Las Twines & Fear and Denial

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Drowned in a Glass of Water, 2010

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Drowned in a Glass of Water, 2010

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Trials and Turbulence, 2004

view from the bench

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My Beating Heart, 2002

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No Crying Allowed in the Barber Shop, 1994

installation at Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut

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Fear and Denial, 1997

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Las Twines, 1999

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Las Twines, 1999

detail

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La Cama (The Bed), 1987

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La Bicicleta, 1985

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