Gabriel Kuri uses materials such as plastic shopping bags, receipts, tickets, magazines, and trash cans to focus our attention—in a Dadaist manner—on consumer culture. Through his collages and sculptures, he playfully charts transactions and creates systems that speak about both everyday life and the global economy. To make Self-Portrait as Symmetric Retention and Flow Chart (2012), he sculpted a form mimicking a man’s thighs out of gold-foiled isolation foam.
Gabriel Kuri has created a series of works in which he juxtaposes perennial and ephemeral materials. Untitled (Ticket Roll) belongs to this group of sculptures and consists of three smooth ornate marble elements and a roll of public transport tickets. The artist poetically associates finesse and fragility as in a number of these works. Here the line of the ticket roll, partly unraveled, is held down by the balancing marble elements thus creating an interdependence between elements de different natures.
Gabriel Kuri was born in 1970 in Mexico. He lives and works between Mexico and Brussels.