whitney.org Martin Kersels, Whitney Biennial 2010
Martin Kersels 5 Songs is a sculpture that has double life as a stage for performance. Designed with the idea that the performer needs to adapt to the surface and the materiality of the sculptureâ€”and therefore never truly feels comfortableâ€”5 Songs attempts to be an extension to any performer while at the same time being extended by any performer. Kersels has curated an eclectic mix of performances, Live on 5 Songs, to take place on and around 5 Songs throughout the duration of the Biennial.
frieze.com Frieze magazine, June-August 2001
Gaston Bachelard wrote that â€˜a house constitutes a body of images that give mankind proofs or illusions of stabilityâ€™. The unease attending such fragile assurances of domestic equilibrium underlies much of Californian artist Martin Kerselsâ€™ recent rambunctious installation.