Gabriel Kuri’s untitled (AE DEC 18) consists of a number of objects in different colors made from hard plastic (High Molecular Polyethylene) that have been arranged in a loose grouping. Their shape is taken from a standard fastening clip, a closure best-known for use on packages of sliced bread (but also used to seal bags of fruit and other perishables). Small and made of flexible polystyrene in a range of colors—which can also signify the day on which, for example, the bread was baked—they are usually inscribed with packaging or expiration dates (“best by…,” “sell by…”).
First invented in the early 1950s by an American entrepreneur, the clip—colloquially known as “bread clip” or under its brand name Kwik Lok—is a familiar sight in North American grocery markets. Kuri has enlarged the shape and rendered in in thick, sturdy plastic, each inscribed with individualizing letters or a sell-by date.