Cloudburst, 2018. Installation with objects, appliances, and industrial parts collected in South London, dimensions variable. Photo: Damian Griffiths

Mean Functionality: A Conversation with Irina Kirchuk

Irina Kirchuk’s works walk a fine line between abstraction and figuration. The Argentinian artist, who lives and works in Buenos Aires, observes the urban landscape and recovers objects from it, collecting and classifying them, exploring what she calls “their material obsolescence and mean functionality.” Her sculptures and installations reference architecture, industrial design, the domestic, and the weight
of cultural tradition, questioning the reality that we have built with irony and reflection.

María Carolina Baulo: Could you talk about the motivation behind your observation of the urban environment? How does your gaze materialize in the work?
Irina Kirchuk: I study the landscape that belongs to us, specifically the urban landscape. My practice encompasses interventions with collected and classified objects, as well as the production of pre-planned installations. Some of my work emerges from an interest in the inconsequential and neglected—objects and images that fill the world with their material obsolescence and mean functionality . . .

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