A Broader Look Into the Work of One of Our Favorite Artist Showcased at the Montreal Biennial : Chris Curreri
Le Grand Balcon, 2016 edition of the Montreal Biennial curated by Philippe Pirotte, ended a few days ago. The art manifestation, shaped around an exploration of Jean Genet's writings on the theme of the balcony, filled the city with life during the past few months by showcasing many great artists. Since we have to wait for two years until the next art event of this extent in the city, we decided to look a little bit deeper into the work of Chris Curreri, one of the artist that particularly drew our attention when we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Canadian artist presented Six and Sevens and Kiss Portfolio ; two conceptually and visually compelling artworks. The first piece was made of clay and the other consisted in a series of photographs, but the way they were presented could only suggest a communication through the idea of physicality, thus connecting them by formal analogies.
''Formally and conceptually, Chris Curreri’s research is articulated around relational concerns: the idea that the relation to the other is not defined in terms of inherent properties, but rather by experience and mutual exchange. His works have a sensitive, often sensual character. The tactility and corporeality of his photographs, films and sculptures serve as tools to open up a dialogue with the viewer about the social fabric. Curreri’s practice also attends to the specificity of the studio, where his own production responds to material in the process of becoming. These interactions find their extension in the gallery, where visitors encounter mute material that invites them to create something new out of their own experience.''
Text La Biennale de Montréal 2016
Photos Chris Curreri