Bottled Water Branded Water

Gabriel Kuri
October 19, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.1, 2013

at Promenoir at Parc Saint Léger 

Powder-coated tube, bird spikes, coins

The sculpture addresses the history, architectural settings, and infrastructure of the site that used to be a thermal spa providing a number of commercial recreational activities. Thus the light blue color of the sculpture can be seen as a reference to the movement of water, while the sharp spikes allude to the commercialization of the natural resource. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 1, 2013
Stainless steel paper dispensers (7 units), paper, burns on wall (8)

Usually part of the furnishings in public or semi-private settings, the dispensers look displaced in the context of an exhibition. The sterility represented by a paper dispenser is opposed to the marks of burning that are perceived as signs of vandalism. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 1, 2013
Stainless steel paper dispensers (7 units), paper, burns on wall (8)

Usually part of the furnishings in public or semi-private settings, the dispensers look displaced in the context of an exhibition. The sterility represented by a paper dispenser is opposed to the marks of burning that are perceived as signs of vandalism. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 1, 2013
Stainless steel paper dispensers (7 units), paper, burns on wall (8)

Usually part of the furnishings in public or semi-private settings, the dispensers look displaced in the context of an exhibition. The sterility represented by a paper dispenser is opposed to the marks of burning that are perceived as signs of vandalism. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 1, 2013
Stainless steel paper dispensers (7 units), paper, burns on wall (8)

Usually part of the furnishings in public or semi-private settings, the dispensers look displaced in the context of an exhibition. The sterility represented by a paper dispenser is opposed to the marks of burning that are perceived as signs of vandalism. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 3.1, 2013 (detail; 2 units in the foreground)
Industrial and office furniture covered with black tar roofing roll (3 units)

 

Bottled Water P.d.S. 3.2, 2013 (3 units in the background)
Industrial and office furniture covered with black tar roofing roll (3 units)

 

Pieces of former office equipment, covered by a layer of black tar, confront the viewer with a puzzling image of recognizable shapes that are rendered unfamiliar by the uniformly opaque and dark surface. The serial arrangement of the monochrome black shapes redefines the methods of Minimal sculpture, and the employment of trivial everyday objects that are transformed using a common material recalls the language of Arte Povera. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water P.d.S. 3.1, 2013 (detail; 2 units in the foreground)
Industrial and office furniture covered with black tar roofing roll (3 units)

 

Bottled Water P.d.S. 3.2, 2013 (3 units in the background)
Industrial and office furniture covered with black tar roofing roll (3 units)

 

Pieces of former office equipment, covered by a layer of black tar, confront the viewer with a puzzling image of recognizable shapes that are rendered unfamiliar by the uniformly opaque and dark surface. The serial arrangement of the monochrome black shapes redefines the methods of Minimal sculpture, and the employment of trivial everyday objects that are transformed using a common material recalls the language of Arte Povera. 

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 1, 2013

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger

Rocks and powder coated metal

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 1, 2013 

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger 

Rocks and powder coated metal

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 5, 2013

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger

Rocks and condom

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 5, 2013 

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger 

Rocks and condom

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 2, 2013

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger

Plastic bottles and undisclosed liquid

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water E.d.E. 2, 2013 

at exhibition space, Parc Saint Léger 

Plastic bottles and undisclosed liquid

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Exhibition view

Bottled Water Branded Water, 2013–14

Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux

 

Photo © Parc Saint Léger

Bottled Water Branded Water

Gabriel Kuri
Parc Saint L├ęger, Pougues-les-Eaux
October 19, 2013 – February 9, 2014
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At the Parc Saint Léger, Gabriel Kuri presents a significant new collection of sculptures conceived for the space and shown in various locations on site. His work brings together everyday objects, especially materials relating to consumption, with found elements, both natural and man-made. A recurrent choice of objects – receipts, plastic bags, stones–and issues such as consumerism, economics and temporality, have forged a complex vocabulary that, while recognizable, is constantly reformulated in relation to each context.

 

Kuri’s artistic practice refers to the formal language of modernist sculpture and their materials (such as marble, metal, stone, and cement) but also highlights the unexamined correspondences with the way in which visual data is presented, for example in graphs, or pie charts. His large marble works for example engage with the language of minimalism but add refuse from everyday life, such as cans, cigarette buts or ticket stubs.

 

The artist takes discarded objects seriously, mining their forms and their presence as indicators of previous actions (a ticket indicating the time spent waiting in line, a sales receipt the commercial transaction, or the empty drink cans, a person consuming its contents) and bringing to light a certain solitariness of their state.

 

The exhibition bottled water branded water takes the site of the Parc Saint Léger and its history as its starting point. The title of the exhibition makes reference to the economic activity that brought life to the center up until the 1970s – that of a thermal spa. As the neologism of the title suggests, the exhibition implicitly evokes the commercialization of water. In this context, the artist presents us with a new series of sculptures that draws a path between interior and exterior spaces, both within the exhibition space but also in two sets of architectural ruins from the thermal era: the Pavillon des Sources and the Promenoir. Under the Promenoir, Kuri has installed a tubular metal sculpture that is deployed over twenty meters, with a myriad of twists and turns, in a long curvaceous line. These gentle shapes contrast with the harshness of the anti-pigeon spikes covering it, while small coins –suggesting a wishing well – echo the site's past.

 

In the Pavillon des Sources, an architectural structure typical of the late 19th century that served as a stall for selling the water and its byproducts, Kuri presents a set of sculptures, of office furniture (photocopier, storage closets, folders) covered in layers of tar as though with a second skin. The result is disturbing in a plastic sense, since it is both evocative – the shapes are recognizable – yet strangely mutable. What these objects lose in terms of functionality, the sculptor's action allows them to gain in formal and plastic qualities. Adjacent to this ensemble, a series of chrome paper-serviette distributors completes the set.

 

As a further reference to the economic stakes of the commercialization of natural resources, Gabriel Kuri created a publication to accompany the exhibition that shows a repertoire of images of various French brands of mineral water, photographed like commercial products, but with their bottles filled with a yellowish fluid provocatively entitled "undisclosed liquid."

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