Ajay Kurian, "Proleptic"

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Ajay Kurian, Master Slave Complex (Proleptically Speaking...), 2013

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Ajay Kurian, Bacchanal, 2013

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Ajay Kurian, Comfort Zone #1, 2013

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Ajay Kurian, installation view of "Proleptic" at Canal 47
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Ajay Kurian, installation view of "Proleptic" at Canal 47
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Ajay Kurian, installation view of "Proleptic" at Canal 47
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Ajay Kurian, Pop-up Baum (Empire), 2013

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Ajay Kurian, Wondering, 2013
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Ajay Kurian, Tumbled, 2013

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Set within a wall just inside of 47 Canal is a Wunderkammer filled with reindeer moss, candy-colored LEGO blocks and tchotchkes such as a wheel spun by a battery-powered hamster. This unlikely aggregation has a tacky, quirky appeal that sets the tone for Ajay Kurian’s solo debut, which employs time-capsule metaphors to suggest a sort of temporal purgatory.

In one work, inspired by a proposal for a New Mexico facility for housing nuclear waste up to a mind-boggling 10,000 years, the artist overlays a computer rendering based on Albrecht Dürer’s 1503 study of weeds with a Munch-style screaming face (actually a warning symbol from the aforementioned site) that periodically emits a strobe flash.

A vitrine containing a pop-up book illustration of a Wizard of Oz–type palace occupies its space like an ancient reliquary. In yet another case, an old TV lies on its back within a thicket of dried brush, appearing to evoke the past even as a nearby tangle of copper wire and a rather extraterrestrial-looking egg summon present and future. Eerie and poetic, Kurian’s work asks us to consider being out of time in more ways than one.—Merrily Kerr

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Event website: http://47canalstreet.com

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This is some of the best new art I've ever seen on the Lower East Side. Visually stunning, conceptually cohesive and to-the-point: a rare combination. And its all centered around an interesting and relevant real world nuclear waste project in New Mexico. This was the first of about a dozen art shows that I saw today, and it made my afternoon!