FAHRENHEIT º recommends Varios y Diversos. Jimmie Durham at kurimanzutto


Through a series of works produced since 1970 and to date, kurimanzutto presents a brief compilation of the career of American artist Jimmie Durham. For this exhibition, the gallery became a place of multiple spaces with areas bounded by white curtains, cubicles simulating a hospital. In each of the spaces is exposed a piece, allowing the viewer to arouse curiosity and dialogue much more intimate and direct.

Jimmie Durham works with various materials, both natural and artificial, but is attracted particularly by those which throughout history have been used to create tools, such as bone, wood, feathers and rocks found on walks and saves. For him the rock is the highest form of sculpture, not only because one can dress it to create a representation, but also because each rock is itself a sculpture entropic slowly changing and is formed by natural elements over time. Rock has led to all kinds of situations, including as a narrative figure as Peter Delrio (2013), presented in this exhibition.

The versatility that Durham used and seal all types of objects, pictures and words is evident in works such as Various Elements from the Actual World (2009) and I Will Try to Explain (1970-2012), both presented in kurimanzutto.

His work is an ongoing conversation, and humor that permeates his sculptures is a tactical strategy that seems harmless but in reality, it is highly critical. It raises big questions that reflect upon the history of oppression, the futility of violence and impotence of minorities in the world.

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