Gabriel Kuri: Join the Dots and Make a Point

Buchvorstellung / Book launchEdited by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel

Designed by Studio Luc Derycke, Gent

Gabriel Kuri, Luc Derycke, Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel will introduce a brand new publication presenting works by Gabriel Kuri. Join the Dots and Make a Point is published by Sternberg Press on the occasion of Gabriel Kuri’s first institutional exhibition in Germany, which was organized by Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg in 2010. For these exhibitions, Kuri developed new groups of artworks, providing an insight into various aspects of his artistic practice. Accordingly, the publication files sculptures and installations made out of found materials and industrially manufactured products such as marble slabs, sand, paper, cigarette butts and body care products. Not only does the monograph document the exhibition project, it also focuses on Kuri’s marble works since 2006.

Kuri’s objects are set out in the exhibition in a precise and deliberate manner that maintains a surprising casualness. Despite their humor and ease, his artwork also includes a discerning view of political, economic and social conditions. In the sense of an extended notion of sculpture, he shifts the boundaries of art and everyday life: The daily routine and the viewer become part of the aesthetic form.

Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP) in Mexico City and at Goldsmith College London. He has contributed to numerous international group exhibitions such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007) and New Museum, New York (2007). In Germany, his artwork was recently shown at the Museum Morsborich Leverkusen, the Ludwig Forum Aachen and the Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster. In addition to the Bielefelder Kunstverein and the Kunstverein Freiburg (11.06.-08.08.2010), the Museion, Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art Bozen (05.06.-15.08.2010) and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston (28.08.-13.11.2010) have mounted solo exhibitions of Kuris’ work last year.

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