November 14, 2017
This special event explored the work of two artists with a cutting edge, experimental practice: Analia Saban and Gabriel Kuri. The evening began with two short documentaries featuring each artist, created as part of the Artist Dialogues series (see below), followed by a conversation among the artists and Rachel Rivenc.
The movies and conversation focused on the artists' material practice and how it relates to meaning, their approach to making and finding objects, their playful use or misuse of materials, as well as their thoughts on longevity, the future of their work, and the role of conservation.
Los Angeles-based artist Analia Saban blurs the lines between painting and sculpture, imagery and objecthood. Her work frequently includes plays on art-historical references and traditions. Dealing with issues of fragility, balance, technique and experimentation, Saban's connection with everyday objects is at the forefront of her investigation of tangible materials and the metaphysical properties of artworks.
Born in Mexico, Gabriel Kuri has lived and worked in Europe and Los Angeles. In his work, Kuri often repurposes found or off-the-shelf materials to create sculptures, installations, collages and photographs that contain sharp socio-economic and cultural observations—the ideas of transaction, systems of exchanges and circulation for instance reoccur. Contrast is crucial in his use of materials. He likes to juxtapose the fleeting and permanent, solid and the fragile, hard and soft, the noble and the mundane, which often gives rises to subtle humor and poetry.
Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
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