Jon Kessler
American, born 1957
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
FIRE/WORKS FOR PARKETT by Shirana Shahbazi,
Parkett
The 2017 Whitney Biennial,
Whitney Museum of American Art
2012
ART BLOG ART BLOG presents ASTRAL WEEKS curated by Van Hanos,
Nina Johnson

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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