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Harry Nuriev. Detail of Carousel, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

HARRY NURIEV

6 Fears

12 APRIL – 26 AUGUST 2018

Architect and designer, Harry Nuriev, the founder of Crosby Studios in Moscow and Brooklyn, is a purist who seeks perfect minimalism through an investment in clean architectural shape and form. Nuriev blurs traditional disciplines and creates new ways of looking at spaces. 6 Fears is a glimpse into the varied course of the relationships between an architect and the design briefs set for him. The installation explores Nuriev's design process, working methods, and philosophical approach while illuminating the emotional and artistic content of his work. The project is a record of his unique position at the intersection of art and design—offering personal insights into culture, society, and architecture.

 

Playing with divergent visual directions in the installation, Nuriev positioned tire swans throughout the gallery. These swans, inspired by Soviet lawn kitsch, have been repurposed in quantity to create a new and contemporary Eastern European design language. They establish a playground atmosphere where a purple carousel sits. The visitor-activated carousel invites children to engage in communal movement and a social connection usually only available on outdoor playgrounds. The interaction becomes a conversation point and shared meeting space. A single suspended pane of glass is situated in the gallery, much like an odd utopian sculpture or fragment of a contemporary building. Small window cleaning robots move around the glass creating a clean and polished surface. The digital choreography of the robots frame the installation as an abstract urban landscape. Throughout the exhibition the visitor experiences vignettes of the artist’s reality. Nuriev’s 6 Fears manifests a kind of mise-en-scene in which the position and attitude of the viewer are paramount.

 

Nuriev was born in 1984 in Stavropol, Russia. He lives and works in Moscow, Russia and Brooklyn, New York. While Nuriev has exhibited extensively around the globe, this is his first museum exhibition.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

Major Sponsor:

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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Supported by:

 

 

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT   Dallas Art Fair

The Bryant and Nancy Hanley Foundation   Muffin + John Lemak

SHELBY WAGNER + NIVEN MORGAN

 

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