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Gabriel Orozco’s “Ping Pond Table”

Ping Pond Table

On Thursday evening, Thomas, Erika, and I went up to MOCA for the free Thursdays. We parked in Little Tokyo and started at the Geffen Contemporary for the “Sitings: Installation Art 1969 – 2002” exhibition.
Murray had raved to me about the Frank Gehry’s “Works in Progress” exhibition up at the main MOCA space, but after viewing both exhibitions, I preferred a few of the installations at the Geffen that were so delightful, lilting, and just plain fun that when I got to Gehry’s exhibition I wanted to plop in the middle of Gehry’s models and interact with them. That would have been a no go. Security is funny that way.
The best of the installations that we were allowed to interact with were at the Geffen: Gabriel Orozco’s “Toilet Ventilators” and “Ping Pond Table” and Gregor Schneider’s “Dead House Ur.”
Orozco’s two installations were on the second floor landing, the “Toilet Ventilators” were 4 ceiling fans with rolls of toilet paper at the end of each fan blade trailing toilet paper through the air over the “Ping Pond Table” installation. From the entrance of the Geffen, one would look to the left and see the festive ceiling fans with their streamers, it was only upon arriving up on the second floor landing that I realized that the streamers were toilet paper.
The “Ping Pond Table” was manufactured in a four-leafed clover shape with a lily pond in the middle where the net ought to be. Erika asked security if we were allowed to play ping pond. And we were. And we did. And we had a blast. And we lost lots of balls to the pond, we plucked them out, shook off the water and continued on. A group of students from Point Loma University joined us and we played four way ping pond. Thomas had his camera and Erika took the photos that you see here.
Get thee down to the Geffen and play water ping pond.

Ping Pond Table