76 Grand Street
Tumble Room, an ambitious new sculpture by Martin Kersels, was presented at Deitch Projects’ 76 Grand Street gallery from February 22 – March 24, 2001. Turning on an axis centered on its back wall, a little girl’s bedroom slowly spun, tumbling its contents from floor to ceiling. Nearly sixteen feet tall, the spinning room ground its furniture much like a rock tumbler grinds its stones. An accompanying video, Pink Constellation, drew influence from Fred Astaire and Buster Keaton while dealing with issues of unsettledness and gravity. The work fused performance and sculpture, comedy and pathos. The viewer was pulled into a vortex of dislocation.
Martin Kersels is a Los Angeles based artist who works with sculpture, video, sound and photography. Born in Los Angeles in 1960, he was heavily influenced by the variety of industries that make up Southern California culture, i.e. aerospace, film, automobile, etc. His work history is based in performance, namely his collaborations from 1984 to 1993 with the performance collective, SHRIMPS. From 1993 to the present, he has been making sculptural and photographic work that uses concepts drawn from performance.
Describing Kersels’ work in the March/April 1996 Art Issues, David A. Greene wrote:
scratch the surface of [his work] and one finds that any sweet whimsy and sad-sack slapstick attendant in its Sisyphean journey and autobiographical cumbrousness are really just easy diversions, pointing away from more abundant sentiments: specifically a mean streak, albeit an entertaining one, and a seething anger at , or about, the function and status of art.
Survey exhibitions of Kersel’s work have been presented by the Madison Art Center in 1997 and the Kunsthalle Bern in 2000. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, 2000, Young Americans 2 at the Saatchi Collection, 1998, and the 1997 Whitney Biennial. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Norton Family Foundation, the Musée national d’art moderne, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Kersels lives in Los Angeles where he is Co-Chair of the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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