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Upson, Kaari
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1972 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

Multimedia artist Kaari Upson deals mainly with the notions of self-construction: getting to know oneself through the other; mirroring; destruction and rebirth. For almost a decade, she worked on The Larry Project – started in 2003 – about a semi-fictional character she created while trying to reconstruct the biography of a man who lived near her family. She used some personal objects he left behind to create videos, installations, photographs and performances that draw on psychological self-investigation and American cultural legacy. “When I was trying to kind of hijack his life and put it together, I was researching how you could assess who somebody is,” says Upson. More recently, the artist moved away from this long-term project to new conceptual experimentations concerning her familiar topics: the past, the subconscious, and close relationships.

 

 
Uriarte, Ignacio
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1972 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Ignacio Uriarte’s work shows clear references to the conceptual and minimal art of the 1960s and 1970s. Before deciding to dedicate himself entirely to his artistic career, he worked in business administration. Therefore, Uriarte often incorporates elements that are associated with an office cubical such as ink cartridges, paper clips and doodles on a post-it. He does not merely mimic a rational, administrative aesthetic but inhabits this world completely, allowing for some very humorous and human elements to creep in. The resulting works are commentaries on the day-to-day actions that many people perform.

 

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