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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.

Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

untitled (doy fe), 1998

cast fiberglass, enamel painted, steel, glass vitrine, lightbulb
55.12 x 55.12 x 39.37 in.

 

 

tree with chewing gum, 1999
digital print
51.18 x 34.25 in.

 

 

carretilla II, 1999
wheelbarrow, glass spheres
21.65 x 55.12 x 25.98 in.

 

 

the recurrence of the sublime, 2003
bowl, 3 avocados wrapped in newspaper from the day of the moonlanding july 21, 1969
5.51 in. height, 7.87 in. diameter

 

untitled (diario económico), 2004

trestle table, tarpaulin, damp moss, damp newspaper

59.84 x 54.33 x 31.5 in.

 

untitled (trinity), 2004

three working refrigerators, three hovering shopping bags

74.8 x 125.98 x 23.62 in.

 

quick standards, 2005
set of 3 emergency blanket taped on wooden sticks
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled (canoe), 2006
two marble plates, one aluminum can
39.37 x 15.75 x 3.15 in.

 

 

complimentary cornice and intervals, 2010

six marble slabs, courtesy cosmetics

56.69 x 92.52 x 1.18 in.

 

untitled (window and sales tickets), 2004
anti-pidgeon spikes on window ledges, sales tickets and receipts
variable dimensions 

 

 

waiting stub lettuce, 2004
plastic lettuce, waiting (turn) stubs
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled (cohete despegando), 2007
consumption tickets, postcard and screenprint on paper
17.32 x 11.81 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

untitled (world of ink), 2013
hand woven wool gobelin
155.12 x 58.66 in.

 

 

untitled (all red), 2005
adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper
22.05 x 29.92 in.

 

 

untitled (el país (all except red)), 2005
adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper
16.34 x 11.42 in.

 

 

c94, 2005
newspaper, turn stub, push pin
15.75 x 16.93 in.

 

 

untitled (aviones en círculo), 2006
turn stubs on vintage magazine page
12.2 x 15.55 in.

 

 

untitled (il est temps), 2006
turn stub on vintage magazine page
13.7 x 10.43 in.

 

 

untitled ("a 84"), 2007
turn stubs on vintage magazine page
12.99 x 10.51 in.

 

 

723 343 b73, 2009
rocks, turn stubs
variable dimensions

 

 

ejercicio 2005-2006 (V), 2006
till receipts, sales tickets, vouchers, rocks, plywood plinth
17.72 x 11.81 in.

 

 

especulaciones (análisis de riesgo I), 2007

painted plywood structure with weatherproof roofing roll, silicone

28.35 x 48.03 x 48.03 in.

 

overlapping statistics (blind olives eyelid), brussels, 2007
painted plywood, weather proof roofing roll, painted glass, tissue box, painted jar, insulation roll
9.45 x 48.03 x 48.03 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

items in care of items II, 2008
painted steel, numbered magnetic discs, assorted items
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled 100%, 2011
painted metal (four parts)
155.12 x 52.76 x 53.35 in.

 

 

shelter, 2011
marble slabs, cans, wood, paint, clothes, metal guardrails, fabric
variable dimensions 

 

 

self portrait as chart with looping volume, 2012
insulating material, string, concrete cast
45.67 x 39.37 x 7.87 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

dead filing cabinets, 2012
metal filing cabinets covered with impermeable membrane, asphalt plastic cement
52.17 x 18.5 x 28.35 inches and 42.13 x 20.87 x 28.54 in.

 

 

blind photocopier, 2012
photocopier covered with impermeable membrane, asphalt plastic cement
44.09 x 40.16 x 27.95 in.

 

 

flat hole, 2012
digital print on fabric
157.48 x 236.22 in.

 

 

inverted lightbox 2, 2012
lightbox, stainless steel, plexiglass, papers, tickets, turn stubs, plastic bags
47.44 x 71.14 x 7.48 in.

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 5, 2013
stones, condoms, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 1, 2013
stone, metal plate, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 2, 2013
bottles, mixture of alcohol, base, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

balance of the invisible and the foreseeable, 2014

powder coated metal, donated sleeping bags

variable dimensions

 

untitled polling table, 2014
collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled polling table, 2014
collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled (doy fe), 1998

cast fiberglass, enamel painted, steel, glass vitrine, lightbulb
55.12 x 55.12 x 39.37 in.

 

 

tree with chewing gum, 1999
digital print
51.18 x 34.25 in.

 

 

carretilla II, 1999
wheelbarrow, glass spheres
21.65 x 55.12 x 25.98 in.

 

 

the recurrence of the sublime, 2003
bowl, 3 avocados wrapped in newspaper from the day of the moonlanding july 21, 1969
5.51 in. height, 7.87 in. diameter

 

untitled (diario económico), 2004

trestle table, tarpaulin, damp moss, damp newspaper

59.84 x 54.33 x 31.5 in.

 

untitled (trinity), 2004

three working refrigerators, three hovering shopping bags

74.8 x 125.98 x 23.62 in.

 

quick standards, 2005
set of 3 emergency blanket taped on wooden sticks
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled (canoe), 2006
two marble plates, one aluminum can
39.37 x 15.75 x 3.15 in.

 

 

complimentary cornice and intervals, 2010

six marble slabs, courtesy cosmetics

56.69 x 92.52 x 1.18 in.

 

untitled (window and sales tickets), 2004
anti-pidgeon spikes on window ledges, sales tickets and receipts
variable dimensions 

 

 

waiting stub lettuce, 2004
plastic lettuce, waiting (turn) stubs
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled (cohete despegando), 2007
consumption tickets, postcard and screenprint on paper
17.32 x 11.81 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

untitled (world of ink), 2013
hand woven wool gobelin
155.12 x 58.66 in.

 

 

untitled (all red), 2005
adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper
22.05 x 29.92 in.

 

 

untitled (el país (all except red)), 2005
adhesive labels (peeled off fruit and other perishables and products) on newspaper
16.34 x 11.42 in.

 

 

c94, 2005
newspaper, turn stub, push pin
15.75 x 16.93 in.

 

 

untitled (aviones en círculo), 2006
turn stubs on vintage magazine page
12.2 x 15.55 in.

 

 

untitled (il est temps), 2006
turn stub on vintage magazine page
13.7 x 10.43 in.

 

 

untitled ("a 84"), 2007
turn stubs on vintage magazine page
12.99 x 10.51 in.

 

 

723 343 b73, 2009
rocks, turn stubs
variable dimensions

 

 

ejercicio 2005-2006 (V), 2006
till receipts, sales tickets, vouchers, rocks, plywood plinth
17.72 x 11.81 in.

 

 

especulaciones (análisis de riesgo I), 2007

painted plywood structure with weatherproof roofing roll, silicone

28.35 x 48.03 x 48.03 in.

 

overlapping statistics (blind olives eyelid), brussels, 2007
painted plywood, weather proof roofing roll, painted glass, tissue box, painted jar, insulation roll
9.45 x 48.03 x 48.03 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

items in care of items II, 2008
painted steel, numbered magnetic discs, assorted items
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled 100%, 2011
painted metal (four parts)
155.12 x 52.76 x 53.35 in.

 

 

shelter, 2011
marble slabs, cans, wood, paint, clothes, metal guardrails, fabric
variable dimensions 

 

 

self portrait as chart with looping volume, 2012
insulating material, string, concrete cast
45.67 x 39.37 x 7.87 in.

 

 

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 in.

 

 

dead filing cabinets, 2012
metal filing cabinets covered with impermeable membrane, asphalt plastic cement
52.17 x 18.5 x 28.35 inches and 42.13 x 20.87 x 28.54 in.

 

 

blind photocopier, 2012
photocopier covered with impermeable membrane, asphalt plastic cement
44.09 x 40.16 x 27.95 in.

 

 

flat hole, 2012
digital print on fabric
157.48 x 236.22 in.

 

 

inverted lightbox 2, 2012
lightbox, stainless steel, plexiglass, papers, tickets, turn stubs, plastic bags
47.44 x 71.14 x 7.48 in.

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 5, 2013
stones, condoms, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 1, 2013
stone, metal plate, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

bottled water e.d.e. 2, 2013
bottles, mixture of alcohol, base, paper
variable dimensions 

 

 

balance of the invisible and the foreseeable, 2014

powder coated metal, donated sleeping bags

variable dimensions

 

untitled polling table, 2014
collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen
variable dimensions 

 

 

untitled polling table, 2014
collapsible tables, painted metal dividers, donated toiletries, linen
variable dimensions 

 

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

Some of his solo exhibitions include:  Spending Static to Save Gas, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Glasgow; Oakville Gallery, Canada (2019); Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted, Wiels Contemporary Arts Center, Brussels (2019); 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.

selected group exhibitions and biennials

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:  Okoyama Triennale 2019, Japan; 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.

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