The exhibition 'Every Day of the Weak' at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the artist's work in Europe. Conceived as a first retrospective, it assembles his pivotal works of recent years and shows the entire gamut of media he draws on. A highlight is Martin's piece titled 'To Whom...', a large church bell that doesn't produce any sound because it is missing its clapper.
Less a creator than a collector and dissector, Kris Martin frequently uses found objects that already have a history inscribed into them. His central artistic strategy consists of removing the objects from their original context, removing essential information from them and overlaying them with renewed meaning. Martin's works take our imagination beyond a rationally interpreted, bounded world and address us in the transience and fragility of our own lives.
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the artist, the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Aargauer Kunsthaus.
'Kris Martin: Every Day of the Weak'
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22 November 2012 - 3 February 2013
Kris Martin Still Alive 2005 Silver plated bronze
© Kris Martin Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf Courtesy White Cube