Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo): Inflatable Earth & Soccer Ball, 2019
Inflatable globe made of PVC, diameter 40 cm and soccer ball made of cotton and polyester, diamter 22 cm
Transsexual realities: the reduction to a sexual object, belonging to a minority that is also underrepresented in art history, and the body transformation of a transsexual woman demand attention in the works of Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo). The artist works with an omnipresent and familiar visual language, with readymades and appropriation. Found everyday-objects and motifs from the Internet, characters from pop culture and well-known animated figures are combined with highly personal experiences. These primarily adress gender identities. In the exhibition „Maskulinitäten“, Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) was represented with several works, among them inflatable transsexual dolls, a direct reference to Sturtevant’s work from 2011. As an annual gift for the Kunstverein, the artist presents a two-part work: a commercial football is juxtaposed with an inflatable globe. The formal comparison evokes associations to established patriarchal structures.
Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) (*1989 on the Easter Islands, lives in New York) studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Yale University School of Art. Numerous solo exhibitions followed, including at the Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg, the Remai Modern in Saskatoon (both 2019), What Pipeline in Detroit (2018, 2015), XYZ Collective in Tokyo (2016), and the Sculpture Center in New York (2015). Her works have also been part of international group exhibitions, most recently “Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation von Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf” at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (2019), S.A.L.T.S. in Birsfelden (2019), MoMA PS1 in New York, Kunsthalle Bern, 356 Mission in Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (all 2017), and Bergen Kunsthall (2014). Puppies Puppies was also represented at the Berlin Biennale and the Nicaragua Biennale (both 2016).