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untitled (doy fe), 1998

cast fiberglass, enamel painted, steel, glass vitrine, lightbulb

55.12 x 55.12 x 39.37 inches

tree with chewing gum, 1999

digital print

51.18 x 34.25 inches

carretilla II, 1999

wheelbarrow, glass spheres

21.65 x 55.12 x 25.98 inches

the recurrence of the sublime, 2003

bowl, 3 avocados wrapped in newspaper from the day of the moonlanding july 21, 1969

7.87 inches diameter; 5.51 inches height

untitled (diario económico), 2004

trestle table, tarpaulin, damp moss, and damp newspaper

59.84 x 54.33 x 31.5 inches

untitled (trinity), 2004

three working refrigerators, three hovering shopping bags

74.8 x 125.98 x 23.62 inches

quick standards, 2005

set of 3 emergency blanket taped on wooden sticks

dimensions variable

untitled (canoe), 2006

two marble plates and one aluminum can

39.37 x 15.75 x 3.15 inches

complimentary cornice and intervals, 2010

six marble slabs and courtesy cosmetics

56.69 x 92.52 x 1.18 inches

untitled (window and sales tickets), 2004

anti-pidgeon spikes on window ledges, sales tickets and receipts

dimensions variable

waiting stub lettuce, 2004

plastic lettuce, waiting (turn) stubs

dimensions variable

untitled (cohete despegando), 2007

consumption tickets, postcard and screenprint on paper

17.32 x 11.81 inches

magenta stripe polypthic gobelin tapestry (aereopuerto), 2008

set of four hand woven wool gobelins

aeropuerto: 94.49 x 45.28; mikasa: 124.02 x 59.06; sport city: 66.93 x 59.06; cremerie: 84.65 x 45.28 inches

untitled (world of ink), 2013

hand woven wool gobelin

155.12 x 58.66 inches

untitled (all red), 2005

adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper

22.05 x 29.92 inches

untitled (el país (all except red)), 2005

adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper

16.34 x 11.42 inches

c94, 2005

newspaper, turn stub, push pin

15.75 x 16.93 inches

untitled (aviones en círculo), 2006

turn stubs on vintage magazine page

12.2 x 15.55 inches

untitled (il est temps), 2006

turn stub on vintage magazine page

13.7 x 10.43 inches

untitled ("a 84"), 2007

turn stubs on vintage magazine page

12.99 x 10.51 inches

723 343 b73, 2009

rocks and turn stubs

variable dimensions

ejercicio 2005-2006 (V), 2006

till receipts, sales tickets, vouchers, rocks and plywood plinth

17.72 x 11.81 inches

especulaciones  (análisis de riesgo I), 2007

painted plywood structure with weatherproof roofing roll and silicone

28.35 x 48.03 x 48.03 inches

overlapping statistics (blind olives eyelid), brussels, 2007

painted plywood, weather proof roofing roll, painted glass, tissue box, painted jar, and insulation roll

9.45 x 48.03 x 48.03 inches

that runs through, 2009

bag of charcoal, stone, stack of financial times; archival box, newspaper, kitty litter, bag of kitty litter; wastebasket, mophead, backdrop paper.

140 x 88 x 54 inches

items in care of items II, 2008

painted steel, numbered magnetic discs, assorted items

dimensions variable

untitled 100%, 2011

painted metal (four parts)

155.12 x 52.76 x 53.35 inches

shelter, 2011

marble slabs, cans, wood, paint, clothes, metal guardrails, fabric

dimensions variable

self portrait as chart with looping volume, 2012

insulating material, string, concrete cast

45.67 x 39.37 x 7.87 inches

self portrait as chart with two point convergence, 2012

insulating material, string, two crushed aluminium drink cans

38.98 x 39.37 x 15.75 inches

dead filing cabinets, 2012

metal filing cabinets covered with impermeable membrane and asphalt plastic cement

52.17 x 18.5 x 28.35 inches and 42.13 x 20.87 x 28.54 inches

blind photocopier, 2012

photocopier covered with impermeable membrane and asphalt plastic cement

44.09 x 40.16 x 27.95 inches

flat hole, 2012

digital print on fabric

157.48 x 236.22 inches

inverted lightbox 2, 2012

lightbox, stainless steel, plexiglass, papers, tickets, turn stubs, plastic bags

47.44 x 71.14 x 7.48 inches

bottled water e.d.e. 5, 2013

stones, condoms, paper

dimensions variable

bottled water e.d.e. 1, 2013

stone, metal plate, paper

dimensions variable

bottled water e.d.e. 2, 2013

bottles, mixture of alcohol, base, paper

dimensions variable

balance of the invisible and the foreseeable, 2014

powder coated metal, donated sleeping bags

dimensions variable

untitled polling table, 2014

collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen

dimensions variable

untitled polling table, 2014

collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen

dimensions variable

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untitled (doy fe), 1998

cast fiberglass, enamel painted, steel, glass vitrine, lightbulb

55.12 x 55.12 x 39.37 inches

image

tree with chewing gum, 1999

digital print

51.18 x 34.25 inches

image

carretilla II, 1999

wheelbarrow, glass spheres

21.65 x 55.12 x 25.98 inches

image

the recurrence of the sublime, 2003

bowl, 3 avocados wrapped in newspaper from the day of the moonlanding july 21, 1969

7.87 inches diameter; 5.51 inches height

image

untitled (diario económico), 2004

trestle table, tarpaulin, damp moss, and damp newspaper

59.84 x 54.33 x 31.5 inches

image

untitled (trinity), 2004

three working refrigerators, three hovering shopping bags

74.8 x 125.98 x 23.62 inches

image

quick standards, 2005

set of 3 emergency blanket taped on wooden sticks

dimensions variable

image

untitled (canoe), 2006

two marble plates and one aluminum can

39.37 x 15.75 x 3.15 inches

image

complimentary cornice and intervals, 2010

six marble slabs and courtesy cosmetics

56.69 x 92.52 x 1.18 inches

image

untitled (window and sales tickets), 2004

anti-pidgeon spikes on window ledges, sales tickets and receipts

dimensions variable

image

waiting stub lettuce, 2004

plastic lettuce, waiting (turn) stubs

dimensions variable

image

untitled (cohete despegando), 2007

consumption tickets, postcard and screenprint on paper

17.32 x 11.81 inches

image

magenta stripe polypthic gobelin tapestry (aereopuerto), 2008

set of four hand woven wool gobelins

aeropuerto: 94.49 x 45.28; mikasa: 124.02 x 59.06; sport city: 66.93 x 59.06; cremerie: 84.65 x 45.28 inches

image

untitled (world of ink), 2013

hand woven wool gobelin

155.12 x 58.66 inches

image

untitled (all red), 2005

adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper

22.05 x 29.92 inches

image

untitled (el país (all except red)), 2005

adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper

16.34 x 11.42 inches

image

c94, 2005

newspaper, turn stub, push pin

15.75 x 16.93 inches

image

untitled (aviones en círculo), 2006

turn stubs on vintage magazine page

12.2 x 15.55 inches

image

untitled (il est temps), 2006

turn stub on vintage magazine page

13.7 x 10.43 inches

image

untitled ("a 84"), 2007

turn stubs on vintage magazine page

12.99 x 10.51 inches

image

723 343 b73, 2009

rocks and turn stubs

variable dimensions

image

ejercicio 2005-2006 (V), 2006

till receipts, sales tickets, vouchers, rocks and plywood plinth

17.72 x 11.81 inches

image

especulaciones  (análisis de riesgo I), 2007

painted plywood structure with weatherproof roofing roll and silicone

28.35 x 48.03 x 48.03 inches

image

overlapping statistics (blind olives eyelid), brussels, 2007

painted plywood, weather proof roofing roll, painted glass, tissue box, painted jar, and insulation roll

9.45 x 48.03 x 48.03 inches

image

that runs through, 2009

bag of charcoal, stone, stack of financial times; archival box, newspaper, kitty litter, bag of kitty litter; wastebasket, mophead, backdrop paper.

140 x 88 x 54 inches

image

items in care of items II, 2008

painted steel, numbered magnetic discs, assorted items

dimensions variable

image

untitled 100%, 2011

painted metal (four parts)

155.12 x 52.76 x 53.35 inches

image

shelter, 2011

marble slabs, cans, wood, paint, clothes, metal guardrails, fabric

dimensions variable

image

self portrait as chart with looping volume, 2012

insulating material, string, concrete cast

45.67 x 39.37 x 7.87 inches

image

self portrait as chart with two point convergence, 2012

insulating material, string, two crushed aluminium drink cans

38.98 x 39.37 x 15.75 inches

image

dead filing cabinets, 2012

metal filing cabinets covered with impermeable membrane and asphalt plastic cement

52.17 x 18.5 x 28.35 inches and 42.13 x 20.87 x 28.54 inches

image

blind photocopier, 2012

photocopier covered with impermeable membrane and asphalt plastic cement

44.09 x 40.16 x 27.95 inches

image

flat hole, 2012

digital print on fabric

157.48 x 236.22 inches

image

inverted lightbox 2, 2012

lightbox, stainless steel, plexiglass, papers, tickets, turn stubs, plastic bags

47.44 x 71.14 x 7.48 inches

image

bottled water e.d.e. 5, 2013

stones, condoms, paper

dimensions variable

image

bottled water e.d.e. 1, 2013

stone, metal plate, paper

dimensions variable

image

bottled water e.d.e. 2, 2013

bottles, mixture of alcohol, base, paper

dimensions variable

image

balance of the invisible and the foreseeable, 2014

powder coated metal, donated sleeping bags

dimensions variable

image

untitled polling table, 2014

collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen

dimensions variable

image

untitled polling table, 2014

collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen

dimensions variable

gabriel kuri
* 1970, Mexico City


Focusing on the objects and space that mediate human relationships, Gabriel Kuri explores the potential for transformation latent in familiar 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. Residues of human interactions —plastic bags, advertising flyers, receipts, and tickets— are brought together with stones, coins, and cigarette butts, as well as industrial materials, such as cement, brushed steel, and insulation rolls. Kuri draws the viewer’s attention to the dynamic and unstable space 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. He questions the given tenets of contemporary culture, through poetic juxtapositions and hybrid objects that rethink the mundane and find the eloquent and the extraordinary in daily life.


Gabriel Kuri joined Gabriel Orozco’s workshop Taller de los viernes from 1987 to 1991. In 1992, he received his BA in Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 1995 he completed his MFA at Goldsmiths University of London. He's been an artist in residence at Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2007), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand (2006), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida (2002). In 2011, he selected for an Artist Commission at The Armory Show and shortlisted for the BelgianArtPrize 2019.


Some of his solo exhibitions include: Gabriel Kuri: Afterthought is Never Binary, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Product Testing Unit, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland (2016); Gabriel Kuri: with personal thanks to their contractual thingness, Aspen Art Museum, United States (2015); All probability resolves into form, The Common Guild, Glasgow, Scotland (2014); bottled water branded water, Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, France (2013); Gabriel Kuri, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2012); Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab, ICA- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, United States (2011) and Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston, United States (2010); Soft Information in your Hard Facts, Museion – museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Bolzano, Italy (2010); Join the Dots and Make a Point, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany (2010); Model for a Victory Parade, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2008), among others.


His work has been included in recent group exhibitions such as: Converter, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2018); ISelf Collection: The Upset Bucket, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017–2018); Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States (2017); L'Esprit du Bauhaus, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2016); The Distance of a Day, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016); Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, United States (2015); Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, United States (2013); The Living Years: Art after 1989, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States (2012); Pour un art pauvre: (inventaire du monde et de l'atelier), Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, France (2011); Keep it Real, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); All That Is Solid Melts into Air, M HKA- Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium (2009); Unmonumental, New Museum, New York (2007); among many others.


He has participated in various biennials, including: 32nd and 30st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia (2015 and 2017); Desert X, Coachella Valley, United States (2017); 12 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2015); 54th and 50th Venice Biennial (2011 and 2003); 5 Berlin Biennale (2008); among others.


Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Los Angeles, United States.