Nutrition and Drama
Kurz’ recent exhibitions expand upon an imagined, artificial biosphere. While alluding to formerly inhabited worlds, his post-technological landscapes are recast as ecosystems in an ancient future. Made primarily from sculpted and painted polystyrene and modeling materials, they resemble production units for the manufacture of the herbal juice HERBA-4, a recurring fictional product. These artificial topographies provide the habitat for various humanoid, wild and fantastical Dilldapp species, thought to have originated in the Hunsrück area in Germany.
In this exhibition, Kurz abandons the synthetic landscape towards a more idyllic setting. Large Styrofoam panels, decorated with ornaments, flowers and birds, are reminiscent of archaic Roman mural painting, while the architectural elements, made from the same material, allude to the ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii. Within this archeological site the Dilldapps operate a manufacturing unit for HERBA-4.