Female Form Meets Function

Rubber butts or art?

By Annie Potasznik
|  Friday, Jul 23, 2010  |  Updated 3:37 PM CDT
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Buni Sculptures Attracting Attention

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Buni "White Rabbit" by Mike Kury. (filled resin, acrylic and clear-coat)

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Buni Sculptures Attracting Attention

Form meets function with artist Mike Kury?s rubber Buni sculptures currently on display at Ro2 Art in downtown Dallas.
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Form meets function with artist Mike Kury’s rubber Buni sculptures currently on display at Ro2 Art in downtown Dallas.

"Most people see the form and interpret it as a large bottom or butt. And then it's, 'Oh, there's more to it' and maybe a half click later, 'Oh, it's a woman ... it's this or that ... and then they get into it," said Kury about his Buni sculptures.

Originally from Southern California, Kury has a studio in Denton and uses various mediums such as bronze, cast paper, metal, plasters, resins and rubber.

Kury’s Buni sculptures are obviously based on the female form.

Admirers can even sit on the minimal, modern sculptures.

"You can jump on them, throw 'em, float on them in the pool probably. I mean, whatever you want. No cup holders though, sorry," said Kury.

Made out of traditionally industrial materials, Buni sculptures are visually sexy.

See two prototypes of the surreal sculptures at the newly-opened Ro2 Art gallery.

You can also see works from well-known Oak Cliff artists Vanessa Neil and Kevin Obregon at the Sublime & Surreal exhibit.

New paintings, drawings, and modular cubes, as well as resin-treated photography from their recent three week graffiti research and residency in Melbourne, Australia are on display.

New works in concrete, color resin, graphite and clay works are shown from artist Arlene Cason, who shares a studio with Kury.

The show reflects a dialogue from the four person collaborative, seen at the Mary Karam Gallery in Denison, Texas earlier this year.

Sublime & Surreal runs July 10-August 7.

Ro2 Art
1514 Commerce Street (at the DP&L Building)
Dallas, Texas 75201

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