Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

Maintainers

Nairy Baghramian

kurimanzutto Ciudad de México, México 02/10/2018 – 03/03/2018

Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

For her first exhibition at kurimanzutto, Nairy Baghramian presents recent sculptures collectively titled Maintainers. Each work consists of three interdependent elements—raw aluminum casts, colored wax forms and lacquer painted braces. While presented in a disparate composition within the gallery space, all of the elements resonate with a visible correlation and an inherent potential for interdependence and connectivity. The shapes of the abstract cuboids made of polishing wax defy modernist vocabularies. Their material nature implies a submissive utilitarian purpose, as they exist to preserve their aluminum counterparts who could gradually consume them over time.

Nairy Baghramian’s practice is galvanized by a determination to bridge formal concerns with investigations of content. She is committed to an active questioning of traditional sculpture, layering her work with reflections on institutional realities, socio-political themes and historical antecedents from the worlds of art, architecture, and design. Baghramian often challenges the limits of sculpture and molds, object, and signification, strength and fragility, organic and mechanical.

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Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Nairy Baghramian, installation view of Maintainers, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Para su primera exhibición en kurimanzutto, Nairy Baghramian presenta un conjunto de esculturas recientes, tituladas Maintainers. Cada obra consiste de tres elementos independientes –moldes de aluminio burdo, figuras de cera de colores y soportes laqueados. Aún cuando se exhiben de forma dispersa dentro del espacio de la galería, todos los elementos comparten una correlación visible y un potencial para la interdependencia y conectividad inherentes. Las formas cuboides abstractas hechas de cera para pulir desafían vocabularios modernistas. Su naturaleza material supone un propósito utilitario sumiso, ya que existen para preservar a su contraparte de aluminio que a la larga podría consumirlos gradualmente.

La práctica de Nairy Baghramian se anima por una determinación de conectar preocupaciones formales con investigaciones de contenido. La artista está comprometida con un cuestionamiento activo de la escultura tradicional, estratificando su obra con reflexiones sobre realidades institucionales, temas socio-políticos, así como antecedentes históricos de los mundos del arte, la arquitectura y el diseño. Con frecuencia Baghramian reta los límites entre la escultura y los moldes, el objeto y el significado, la fortaleza y la fragilidad, lo orgánico y lo mecánico.

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