Martin Kersels crafts his “Stack” sculptures from real books that vary in format and subject, which he arranges formally based on their physical qualities. Precariously balanced, the works hint at Beat poetry with their witty, irreverent mix of titles.
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About Martin Kersels
Martin Kersels' work explores the trials and traumas that the body undergoes as it moves through everyday life. He uses what the Los Angeles Times dubbed "performance sculpture" to build colossal works that echo the artist's body as it struggles through "unheroic" daily tasks; Dionysian Stage, for example, compiles a mammoth nest of household objects into a slow-rotating mass that gives form to the anxiety of American domestic life. Kersels' practice also includes performances of the artist's body in states of proclaimed self-effacement or failure, such as tripping or singing off-key. Writing for Artforum, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer described his practice as "pathetic and revelatory" in exploring the limits of the human body, and his works show the influence of artists like Bruce Nauman and Chris Burden.
American, b. 1960, Los Angeles, California, based in New Haven, Connecticut