Gabriel Kuri

Powder-coated metal sculptures replace existing outdoor ashtrays

Mexican artist Jose Kuri creates a number of powder-coated metal sculptures to replace the fair’s existing outdoor ashtrays. These sculptures require the direct interaction of the audience to complete the works. As they are used, the surfaces become soiled and damaged by refuse and burns that accumulate throughout the duration of the fair. The project thus questions not only the relationship between viewer, functional object and artwork, but also their position in the transitory space between inside and out.

Gabriel Kuri is a Mexican artist (b.1970) based in Mexico City and Brussels. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (2009); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2008); kurimanzutto, Mexico City and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin (both 2007) and Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: 5th Berlin Biennale (2008); ‘Unmonumental’, New Museum, New York and ‘Brave New Worlds’, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (both 2007); ‘State of Play’, Serpentine Gallery, London (2004) and ‘Interludes’, L Venice Biennale (2003).