Regen Projects Presents Its First Exhibition with GABRIEL KURI, 5/24-6/28
Regen Projects is pleased to announce its first exhibition with Gabriel Kuri. Bringing together the artist's recent explorations into the form, function, and materiality of everyday utilitarian objects, the show will feature a series of new sculptures composed of consumer materials and found elements that touch upon the relationship of value and exchange in contemporary global society.
Kuri has long been interested in the formal and conceptual possibilities of sculpture as well as the poetry and humor inherent in everyday materials. Arranged along the gallery's walls are five "soft metal" works that are at once playful and theoretical in nature. Building upon ideas expressed in an earlier series, these pieces are comprised of found materials including silver insulation foam, string, crushed tin cans, conch shells, a doorstop, and play money. Engaging the formal principles of sculpture, these simple constructions form an exercise in equilibrium, as their shape is a direct result of the careful balance of their components. Juxtaposing the malleable quality of the insulation foam are five wall-mounted stainless steel sculptures, interspersed in between the "soft metal" works, and modeled after the ubiquitous waste paper receptacles found in public spaces. Their surfaces mimic the design of the repositories upon which they are based and feature the universally recognized text,Thank You, as well as an open void through which to discard refuse. Recontextualized within the gallery's walls the sculptures blur the line between art and functional object.
Also on view is a cluster of modular works consisting of volcanic rocks connected by inflated condoms. The coupling of these two distinct and disparate materials-one organic the other manmade-creates a palpable tension. For Kuri the ancient porous surfaces of the volcanic rocks are reminiscent of the landscape of his native Mexico. The rocks are linked with condoms whose opaque skins are filled with air suggesting their impermeable yet ultimately ephemeral character. Similarly precarious is a composition of metal discs held in place within the folds of a packing blanket. Painted in bright primary colors, the discs reference logos from banking and credit institutions and appear as if they could topple over at any given moment.
In addition to being Kuri's first solo presentation at the gallery, this marks the artist's inaugural exhibition in Los Angeles. He will also be included in the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A. 2014biennial opening June 15. For more information on this exhibition, please visit their website here.