1970, Mexico City
Focusing on the objects and space that mediate human relationships, Gabriel Kuri explores the potential for transformation latent in all familiar things and situations when observed from an unconventional angle. Playing with the principles of minimalism and the history of consumption, he integrates elements of everyday life into sculptures and collages. Plastic bags, advertising flyers, receipts and tickets –residues of the interactions that make us human– are brought together with stones, coins and cigarette butts, as well as industrial materials, such as cement, brushed steel and insulation rolls. In his work, the viewer’s attention is drawn to the dynamic and unstable space that opens up at the intersection of two opposite concepts, in the precarious and yet precise meeting of the unexpected. The creation of systems is at the base of his artistic practice, ordering different elements until certain patterns begin to emerge and new semantic connections are generated between existing forms and their uses. Often accompanied by idioms and vernacular phrases, his pieces invite a multilayered dialogue between the verbal and the visual. Kuri’s work questions the given tenets of contemporary culture, creating poetic juxtapositions and hybrid objects that serve to rethink the mundane, to find the eloquent and the extraordinary in daily life.
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