Upstairs you climb into the cool white clean environment of the upper space, with its industrial concrete floor and daylight flowing down through the rooflights. But wait! Why is a lettuce sitting on a stainless steel box, or eggs on another box, or moss on another?
Are those food items on the stainless steel table? Are we in some form of laboratory or food processing environment? Why though are there timber wedges on another stainless steel table, and what are the rocks doing on the floor and on the wall and what are they sitting on or holding up?
What are the jet-black panels on the wall, which as you move closer show they have the natural shapes and white spots of beans, sometimes ordered in a geometric grid, at other times free-flowing and perhaps trying to escape?
What are the panels on the wall that look like data cards, blown up on large coloured felt panels or made with magnets, looking like the check-in cards that workers use to have to use in factories?
Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri has filled the top-lit warehouse-gallery of Sadie Coles HQ in Soho with his latest works which combine natural objects with sterile machine-made surfaces, softness with hardness, coldness with warmth, light with dark, heavy with light and reflective with adsorbent as he challenges our perception of the materials, consumerism and modern life in an irrational and contradictory world where he plays with the patterns behind what we see. This is work designed to make you stand back and think.
“My interest is in the natural tendency to create ordering principles and the drive to understand patterns….How does experience, in all its subjectivity, get codified into quantities, forms and cyphers?” (Gabriel Kuri)