Gabriel Orozco’s work can be classified as abstract because it attempts to depart from traditional representation art as physical things or objects. Abstract art is a trend in sculptures and paintings of the 20th century that focused on exploring the relationships of colours and forms as opposed to traditional representation art that focused on representing world features through recognizable images (Gowans 54). Orozco’s works undermine the possibility of achieving full representation. On the other hand, Kiki Smith’s works of art are representative because they are concerned with representing reality. They are forms of art that encompass verisimilar or characteristic representations of life or nature.
Kiki’s art is commentary. Most of Kiki smith’s works of art revolve around individual identity and the human body. She uses her art to explore the resilience and fragility of life. Furthermore, she uses different media forms to present artistic narratives. She uses her art to express her views on political and social issues, such as sexuality and gender. Her art can be explored from a feminist perspective. The function of Gabriel Orozco’s work is that of self –expression. Abstract art gives artists the freedom to express themselves without worrying about their representational meaning (Gowans 70). Art as a means of self-expression occurs when an artist creates a piece of art with the aim of fulfilling an expressive function, which conveys information about the artist’s worldview or aesthetic urge.
I love Gabriel Orozco’s art more because his artistic style is aesthetic of trace. His works are widely characterized by temporal precariousness, which does not attempt to achieve a mythic timelessness aura. On the other hand, Kiki Smith’s work of art covers a diverse array of creative media. Her works shift between literal and conceptual, spiritual and scientific, idiomatic and formal, personal and political. Kiki employs timely social and political content in her works.
Gowans, Alan. The Unchanging Arts: New Forms for the Traditional Functions of Art in Society. Oxford: Oxford University, 2001. Print.