Working across sculpture, collage, installation and other media, Mexican-born, Brussels-based artist Gabriel Kuri is fascinated by the logic of everyday objects and resources. Often using repurposed materials – natural, industrial and otherwise – he links questions of form with how we value, circulate and assign function. Playing with the principles of minimalism and the history of consumption, he considers the information of materials and information materially.
For his first solo exhibition in Ireland, Kuri presents a new site-specific installation that recasts the cavernous architecture of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, creating a static field to reduce the building’s energy use during the run of the exhibition. The large-scale installation drastically transforms the space. It is made up of a makeshift dropped ceiling littered, in a seemingly accidental accumulation, with residues of human interactions and life; coins, cigarette butts and moths. Each smoked cigarette or coin becomes a remnant, a punctuation mark in human interaction. Thousands of these punctuation marks are gathered and composed in a grid-like format within rectangular wooden frames across the space.