Martin Kersels

April 3, 2013 7PM

Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Martin Kersels was born in Los Angeles. He attended UCLA for both his undergraduate and graduate educations, receiving a BA in art in 1984 and an MFA in 1995. His body of work ranges from the collaborative performances with the group SHRIMPS (1984-1993) to large-scale sculptures such as Tumble Room (2001). His interest in machines, entropy, sound, and dissolution has produced work that examines the dynamic tension between failure and success, the individual and the group, and the thin line between humor and misfortune. Since 1994, Kersels’ objects and projects have been exhibited at museums both nationally and internationally, including the 1997 and 2010 Whitney Biennials, the Pompidou Center, MOCA Los Angeles, the Tinguely Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, and the Getty Museum. For nearly 14 years he taught at the California Institute of the Arts, only recently joining the faculty at the Yale School of Art and becoming the director of the Sculpture Program.


Charm (Vulture) — 2011.

Dionysian Stage — 2004/05

Fat Iggy 5 — 2008