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Will Kurtz‘s paper sculptures bring ordinary New Yorkers to life. His show Extra Fucking Ordinary consists of life size figural sculptures constructed of collaged torn sheets of newspaper, wood, wire, screws, tape and everyday objects which depict the characters captured by Kurtz’s iPhone camera lens. Utilizing the observing eye of a curious urban voyeur, Kurtz spends large portions of his days combing the streets of New York for his subjects, which are later transformed into sincere and amusing life-size sculptures.

Opens Thursday, Jan 12, 6-8p:

 Will Kurtz
Extra F***ing Ordinary

Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 W24th St., NYC

The show consists of life size figural sculptures constructed of collaged torn sheets of newspaper, wood, wire, screws, tape and everyday objects which depict the characters captured by Kurtz’s iPhone camera lens.

Utilizing the observing eye of a curious urban voyeur, Kurtz spends large portions of his days combing the streets of New York for his subjects, which are later transformed into sincere and amusing life-size sculptures.

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WILL KURTZ

LIFE SIZE FIGURES MADE OUT OF NEWSPAPER AND DEBRIS

Will Kurtz’s life size figural sculptures constructed of collaged torn sheets of newspaper, wood, wire, screws, tape and everyday objects depict the characters captured by Kurtz’s iPhone camera lens. Utilizing the observing eye of a curious urban voyeur, Kurtz spends large portions of his days combing the streets of New York for his subjects, which are later transformed into sincere and amusing life-size sculptures. It is not the subjects’ aesthetic appeal that draws Kurtz as much as their essence and strong representation of the multitude of prototypes that typify New York City: from an old married couple and endearingly eccentric dog owners to curmudgeonly middle-aged smokers.

Kurtz’s sculptures openly reference real people engaged in real scenarios, be it posing for group shots at a tourist attraction, walking their dog, awkwardly changing their clothes or reluctantly sweeping the floors. Kurtz holds an admiringly holds a magnifying glass to the genre of subjects and scenes that are commonly overlooked. The subjects collectively present a candid and unapologetic mosaic of New Yorkers in their blunt, colorful, borderline-manic ways made of the same papers they read in coffee shops and subways during their morning commute. See more work by Kurtz and watch a video studio visit with the artist after the jump.

Another Shit Show

Add this to your gallery hopping schedule tonight, especially if you’re a dog lover! 

At Mike Weiss Gallery, Brooklyn-based artist Will Kurtz is using the empty gallery as a site on which to stage an all-encompassing mise-en-scene—albeit in canine terms. Constructed out of old newspapers, glue, wire, and wood are more than 20 dogs of every breed, size, and color, strain and cavort off the leash of a single human handler, each rendered more expressively than the next! 

For example, Lemar, the stout, English Bulldog bears a New York Times review of Patti Smith, weaving his own mini-narrative out of Arts & Culture snippets. Theo the brindle-pied pit bears the poignant fragments of a beloved athletic icon’s obituary, while Linda the dog handler sports vibrant political exposés. 

Will Kurtz: Another Shit Show opens today at Mike Weiss Gallery.