Gabriel Kuri - SELL BY SEP 19 - 2019
Kuri has an eye for the overlooked, for materials and details that speak volumes about our society and its flows of value and information. Creating a limited edition for WIELS to sell in support of his forthcoming exhibition sorted, resorted, Kuri has seized upon the humble bag clip: a rectangle of plastic used most commonly to seal bread bags (as well as bags of fruit and other perishables) and provide the consumer with its best-before-date.
Usually small and made of flexible polystyrene in a range of colours – which can also signify the day on which the bread was baked – Kuri has enlarged the shape and rendered in in thick, sturdy white plastic. Similar forms appear in a new installation included in the exhibition itself, while these 12 editions are each inscribed with a sell-by date, underlying their mercantile function. The edition is thus typical of Kuri’s playful approach, which takes a very material approach to the world around us.
The edition can stand on its own, inhabit a bookshelf, lie flat on a surface, or lean nonchalantly against the wall. Buyers can also adapt the work by including other materials or objects in the tag’s “grip”, (whether a pair of socks, a scarf, a wallet, etc.) following the advice of the artist.
Medium: CNC cut-out HDPE plastic with engraved and hand-painted letters
Size: 41 x 36,6 x 2cm
Edition of 12
Price: € 1,500
This limited edition Gabriel Kuri sculpture work is available at WIELS