Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
|Gabriel Kurijoin the dots and make a point|
Edited and with texts by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel
On the occasion of his first institutional exhibition in Germany, Gabriel Kuri (*1970, Mexico City) 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.
Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels. He has contributed to numerous international group exhibitions, such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), “Brave New Worlds” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007), and “Unmonumental” at the New Museum, New York (2007). In addition to the Kunstverein Freiburg and Bielefelder Kunstverein, Museion – Museum of modern and contemporary art Bolzano and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston will also display solo exhibitions of Kuri’s works in 2010.
This catalogue is published on the occasion of Gabriel Kuri’s solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg. It is the first monograph on the artist to appear in Germany.