Kuri will create a number of powder-coated metal sculptures that will replace the fair’s existing outdoor ashtrays. These sculptures will require the direct interaction of the audience to complete the works. As they are used, the surface will become soiled and damaged by refuse and burns that accumulate throughout the duration of the fair. The sculptures question 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 (2007) and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin (both 2007); and Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: 5 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). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Museion Bolzano, Italy; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (traveling to Kunstverein Bielefeld, Germany) (2010); Houston University Museum, USA (2010), traveling to ICA, Boston (2011).
Frieze Projects is a programme of artists’ commissions realised annually at Frieze Art Fair. In 2010 it is curated by Sarah McCrory and includes includes nine specially commissioned projects as well as the Cartier Award and collaborations with our 2010 EU partner institution Vector Association (Romania).
Those commissioned to create site-specific work for Frieze Art Fair 2010 are: Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist, Spartacus Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Shannon Ebner and Dexter Sinister, Gabriel Kuri, Shahryar Nashat, Nick Relph, Annika Ström and Jeffrey Vallance.
Download a copy of the 2010 Frieze Projects’ flyer here: Projects 2010