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Joelke Bollert aan den ouderdom van 4 jaren

Joelke Bollert aan den ouderdom van 4 jaren, 2005 - Kris Martin


about this work

Joelke Bollert aan den ouderdom van 4 jaren was published on the occasion of the solo exhibition by Kris Martin at the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein in 2005. This was Martin's first institutional solo show. The edition is based on an enigmatic 1920's photograph the artist found, in which a young boy looking straight into the lens is playing with wooden cubes. The title of the work comes from the inscription on the back of the photograph. "I was interested in this image because it depicts the very beginning of a life," Kris Martin says, "a moment in time where everything is still possible."

about Kris Martin

°1972, Courtrai (BE) - lives and works in Ghent (BE)

Through sculpture, drawing, photography, performance and intervention, Kris Martin challenges the notion of history and time, by attempting to mark, halt or transcend its inevitable passing. By altering found objects through a subtle re-positioning or intervention, and by re-creating canonical works of art and literature, Martin's practice can be considered as poetic, deeply contemplative and situated within the traditions of conceptual art.

Kris Martin has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at MoMA PS1, New York; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; and K20, Düsseldorf. His work has also been included in several group shows, among others at Tate Modern, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona. Kris Martin also participated in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011; the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011; the 6th Liverpool Biennial in 2010; and the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2006.

Kris Martin is represented by the following galleries;
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Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf

White Cube, London

Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

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