While the objects we have been living with for decades come back to haunt us, filling the oceans and the earth, Gabriel Kuri is well aware of their power. The artist is fascinated by the logic with which everyday objects speak to us and, ultimately, seduce us.
"Every Loft Needs a Sink" is a sophisticated exhibition, accessible and linear and extraordinarily articulated, replete with countercultural hints, un-pompous explorations outside the visual arts field, and signs of reverence toward previous generations.
Cui has treated the building at the center of the image with the sort of bright, slightly abstracted perspective used by the Russian Constructivists, and as with so many architectural renderings, has left the landscape around it deliberately sketchy.
No. 12 Gral. Francisco Ramírez is a pine door set in a ruthlessly plain cement wall on a pinched cul-de-sac in Mexico City, teetering on the edge of a freeway. The dark, narrow hallway leads visitors to a set of volcanic stone steps atop which another door, kept fastidiously shut, opens to a high-ceilinged entry flooded with soaring natural light. This commanding effect caused by the blink-inducing forced contrast of light and space is a signature flourish of the home’s visionary and former occupant, Pritzker prize–winning Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
Decolonization is now the buzzword in Brazil, and it will be over in a year probably, and then, I guess, we can take it for granted that we are decolonized, although genocide of indigenous peoples continues and usurpation of their lands too. Recently we had a conference about decolonization organized in a museum where local indigenous peoples were not invited to the first meeting.