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Blaffer Art Museum Inaugurates Academic Year with Two Major Solo Exhibitions
Artists Gabriel Kuri, Amy Patton on view Aug. 28 Nov. 13, 2010
HOUSTON (Sept. 12, 2010) -- This fall, Blaffer Art Museum inaugurates the academic year with two
major exhibitions featuring the internationally renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri and the Berlin-based
native Texan Amy Patton. Presented in conjunction with the celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial,
Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab is a ten-year survey of sculptures and
collages that chart our daily existence as a series of exchanges and transactions. Amy Patton, in the
upstairs galleries, features three films one of which was commissioned for her exhibition at Blaffer and
a new series of photographs. Both shows, each artist's first solo exhibition organized by a U.S. museum,
are on view from Aug. 28 through Nov. 13, 2010, at Blaffer Art Museum, located in the Fine Arts Building
on the University of Houston's central campus.
Absorbed by questions of production and exchange, and their imprint on the cultural economies of time
and space, Gabriel Kuri distils his observations of the everyday into images of subtle power that have
garnered him a reputation as a "poetic activist." Over the past decade, Kuri has concentrated on making
sculptures and collages that zealously rummage through the realm of material consumption. Both his
objects and images are often created from the residue of monetary exchanges and the consumed goods
that the artist collects on a daily basis. Kuri is a material archivist who extracts visual and linguistic value
from the tracking systems, retail supplies and trivial marketing mechanisms that constitute our daily lives.
He is also a spatial archivist, drawing attention to and decoding the physical spaces his work engages.