Kris Martin, ‘The Idiot’, 2017, Mixed Media, Found photograph and ink, Sean Kelly Gallery
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Kris Martin

The Idiot, 2017

Found photograph and ink
28 9/16 × 24 9/16 in
72.5 × 62.4 cm
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New York
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About the work
Kris Martin
Belgian, b. 1972
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By altering found objects, re-creating canonical works of art and literature, and staging conceptual interventions, Kris Martin challenges notions of time and history. As he claims, his riddling works are “invitation[s] for the viewer to reflect.” 100 Years (2004), for example, is a seemingly innocuous golden sphere, allegedly set to explode in 2104. By slating this work for self-destruction, Martin highlights its temporality, questioning our drive to defeat time and transience through preservation. Other conceptual works include an intervention he staged at the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London, in which a woman’s voice came over the PA system, urging all attendees to take a moment of silence for personal reflection.

Kris Martin, ‘The Idiot’, 2017, Mixed Media, Found photograph and ink, Sean Kelly Gallery
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About the work
Kris Martin
Belgian, b. 1972
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By altering found objects, re-creating canonical works of art and literature, and staging conceptual interventions, Kris Martin challenges notions of time and history. As he claims, his riddling works are “invitation[s] for the viewer to reflect.” 100 Years (2004), for example, is a seemingly innocuous golden sphere, allegedly set to explode in 2104. By slating this work for self-destruction, Martin highlights its temporality, questioning our drive to defeat time and transience through preservation. Other conceptual works include an intervention he staged at the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London, in which a woman’s voice came over the PA system, urging all attendees to take a moment of silence for personal reflection.

Kris Martin

The Idiot, 2017

Found photograph and ink
28 9/16 × 24 9/16 in
72.5 × 62.4 cm
Contact For Price
Location
New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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