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Join the dots and make a point

Gabriel Kuri - Join the dots and make a point
This monograph documents the solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg and also focuses on Kuris' marble works since 2006.
On the occasion of his first institutional exhibition in Germany, Gabriel Kuri has created four new groups of works, which provide an insight into different aspects of his practice. Accordingly, Kuri is showing sculptures and installation; all of them are made out of found materials or industrially manufactured products, including marble slabs, sand, paper, cigarette butts, or body care products. A precise and deliberate positioning and a surprising casualness always characterize the presentation of his objects in the exhibition. With their humor and lightness of touch, his works level criticism as well as political, economic, and social conditions. In the sense of an extended notion of sculpture, he shifts the boundaries of art and the everyday, as the viewers and the everyday become part of the aesthetic form.
Published on the occasion of Gabriel Kuri's solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg in 2010.
Inspired by a wide range of cultural, political, and economic fields that seek to predict, analyze, and manage the future, the practice of the Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri (born 1970 in Mexico City) approaches sculpture as a potential reflection of the relationships between the rational and affective realms. Simultaneously employing formal and poetic juxtapositions of quotidian materials, images and hybrid objects, Kuri delves into the interstices of contemporary culture where behavior and speculative ideas interact to forge our understanding of often contradictory values of our time. The future manifests in his practice as a deferral of the present rather than imagination of what is to come. By rethinking the mundane and the systems that order, the artist opens up the potential for transformation inherent in familiar situations when observed from unconventional angle.
Edited by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel.
Texts by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel.
published in May 2011
bilingual edition (English / German)
17 x 24 cm (softcover, dust cover)
64 pages (30 color & 9 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-1-934105-27-6
EAN : 9781934105276
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