Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Gabriel Kuri
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09 November 2004 — 08 January 2005

Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to announce Gabriel Kuri's first solo show in Italy. Gabriel Kuri's art maintains an effective balance between poetic sensibility and conceptual skill. In his works, composed by installations, photographs, drawings and sculptures, he displays personal observations of the day-to-day life into the terrain of formal aesthetics, setting up a creative dialogue of many tropes including cultural identity, history and, temporality. Kuri's world is structured on a playful language and festive decoration made by common objects and materials of low-level commerce for their physical properties and particular meanings. A recurrent theme is time and how the objects can incarnate its signs. Kuri's works become involuntary sculptures that commemorate its flow, each element is related with others in refusing any hierarchy between the every day stuff and art: objects and fragments, protagonists of context always different, seem to acquire new meanings. For the exhibition Gabriel Kuri will be showing new works conceived specifically for the specific spaces of the gallery. This will involve elements of the outside world such as statues, stones, shelving units mediated by the partecipation of public and conceived on the semantics. The work of the mexican artist is focused on the mediatic relation between objects and subjects with certain emphasis on a sense of futility and how objects are connected with everyday situations. As the artist says: ʻOne of the wonderful things about making art is that, in the best possible cases, it can make one see things in everyday objects and their grammar that one would not otherwiseʼ. (Gabriel Kuri interviewed by Jill Martinez, KultureFlash, n 81, 2004) Gabriel Kuri was born in Mexico City in 1970. He lives and works in Mexico City and Bruxelles. Among them his recent solo shows: 2003 ʻStart to stop stoppingʼ, MUHKA, Antwerp; 'Statementsʼ, Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL; Letʼs go to going toʼ, Freespace Limburg, Belgium; 'Por favor gracias de nadaʼ, Gabriel Kuri and Liam Gillick, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City. The group exhibitions: ʻBeating about the bushʼ, South London Gallery, London, 2004; ʻState of Playʼ, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; ʻThe happy workerʼ, Bard College, Annandale- on- Hudson, NY; 2003 ʻNew Space! Group Show!ʼ Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy; ʻElephant Juice( sexo entre amigos)ʼ, kurimanzutto @ Los Manatiales, Xochomilco, Mexico; ʻInterludesʼ ( project by Francesco Bonami), 50th Venice Biennal; ʻLiving with Duchampʼ, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; ʻSupernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan collectionʼ, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; 2002 PS1, NYC. Kunstwerke, Berlin; ʻSiete Dilemas: dialogos en el arte mexicanoʼ. Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.
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