Puerto Rican, b. 1955
Open: 34.3 x 37.5 x 28.3 cm (13 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2001.30
(April 13, 2012 – February 24, 2013)
Pepón Osorio is known for elaborate, room-size installations that often use humor and kitsch to confront difficult political and social issues. T.K.O. is a kind of miniature installation or three-dimensional collage. Within its bright-red velvet-lined box, Osorio has placed various ob-jects and tokens that he associates with his native Puerto Rico. These items mingle with images of political figures whom he holds responsi-ble for decades of corruption and violence there. “T.K.O.” stands for “technical knockout,” a boxing term used to declare a match’s end when a still-conscious boxer cannot continue to fight. The cover features boxing gloves with plastic toy soldiers and a metallic dollar sign. Together with the work’s title, this arrangement hints at a larger political story contained inside the box.(October 29, 2004 – January 20, 2005)
In this work, Osorio has placed various objects and tokens that he associates with his native Puerto Rico within a velvet-lined box, along with images of the political figures whom he holds responsible for decades of corruption and violence there. En este trabajo Osorio ha colocado varios objetos y símbolos que él asocia con su nativo Puerto Rico, en un cofre forrado de terciopelo. El artista colocó también imágenes de figuras políticas a los cuales él hace responsable por años de corrupción y violencia en su tierra natal.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsIsland NationsNew Art From Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Diaspora
Edited BySingsen, Judith A., ed.
Contributions byTannenbaum, Judith and René Morales
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2004
TypeExhibition CatalogueCrisis ResponseAn Exhibition of Art created in Times of Conflict and Castastrope from the Assisination of JFK to 9/11
Edited BySingsen, Judith A.
Contributions bySchoonover, Karl
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, 2002