Keep Calm (carry on)
- Anodized aluminum, silicone, blackberry powder, ashwagandha root, crustacean exoskeleton
- 16" x 13"
"Wall works are designed to mimic the function of industrial cold plates, a device created to ensure the safe running of machines through the thermal management of power electronics. Presented as futuristic totems, the work observes parallels between the relentless mining of natural resources and our bodies for information and data. Carved into aluminum are compositions based on apparatuses used to collect mineral deposits, and patterns found in microfluidics to emulate cellular functions of the human body.
Voids are cast with materials to imitate flesh, containing elements found in our bodies and supplements intended to bolster immunity and preserve longevity. Silicone poured into empty channels conveys our shapeshifting nature, being narrowly filled into spaces, adapting by any means for the sake of survival.'
- Jake Couri
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Jake Couri (b.1989) investigates the ecological impact of industrial processes and its relation to human consumption through the intermingling of raw and organic substances in his sculptural works. Designed to mimic the function of industrial cold plates, each wall-based work presents itself as a 'futuristic totem’. With compositions based on apparatuses used to collect mineral deposits and patterns found in microfluidics, each work emulates cellular functions of the human body through its complex form and material choice.
Couri focuses on the evolution of various materials including fabricated metal, raw materials such as magnesium and gelatin, and malleable materials like anodized aluminum, to convey a story of the industries that mine our identities. The addition of silicone poured into empty channels conveys our shapeshifting nature, adapting by any means for the sake of survival. These materials are juxtaposed against organic substances such as blue spirulina, kelp, mulberry powder, ashwagandha root, decapsulated brine shrimp eggs, and green lipped mussels, for example, through Couri's meticulous construction techniques. The sculptures both reveal and explore the facets of mining and manufacturing by highlighting the complicated genesis of organic source materials in our contemporary world.