Jon Kessler

American, b. 1957

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Jon Kessler

American, b. 1957

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With his chaotic kinetic installations, Jon Kessler critiques our image-obsessed, surveillance-dominated world. His machines are at once complex and lumbering, combining mechanical know-how with kitschy materials and images. Kessler’s Circus (2009), a scathing and farcical indictment of America’s wars, is a spectacle inside an army tent, crisscrossed with wires and filled with humming machines, surveillance cameras and monitors, and action figure dolls clad in fatigues or the orange jumpsuits of detainees. In his recent work Kessler has ventured into less immersive art, manipulating digital photographs with mixed media, as in Predatero #2 (2009).

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Manifesta, and 3 more
Biography

With his chaotic kinetic installations, Jon Kessler critiques our image-obsessed, surveillance-dominated world. His machines are at once complex and lumbering, combining mechanical know-how with kitschy materials and images. Kessler’s Circus (2009), a scathing and farcical indictment of America’s wars, is a spectacle inside an army tent, crisscrossed with wires and filled with humming machines, surveillance cameras and monitors, and action figure dolls clad in fatigues or the orange jumpsuits of detainees. In his recent work Kessler has ventured into less immersive art, manipulating digital photographs with mixed media, as in Predatero #2 (2009).

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 3 more
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