Kris Martin  (Belgian, 1972) 

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Kris Martin (Belgian, b.1972) is an installation artist, sculptor, and photographer. He uses various materials in his artwork, including ceramic, stone, and metal, as well as found objects. Martin's works address the lofty themes of life and death, in the tradition of Memento mori, using art to remind people of their mortality.

Martin’s 2003 piece titled Mandi III is an installation of an airport information board, specially made for the artist without letters or numbers on its front, leaving only the clicking sounds of its shifting plates. 100 Years, crafted in 2004, is a steel ball set to explode in exactly 100 years when the timer inside detonates, which the artist uses to represent the time limit on human life. Martin's Vase from 2005 is a tall, broken Chinese porcelain vase which has been smashed and glued together several times by the artist, who repeats this process every time the piece changes hands or locations.

In 2006, Martin's solo exhibition at Johann König in Berlin featured a mechanical press as it operated for its final time, printing the words "Et Tu," on paper, which Martin then hung on a wall with black nails. Perhaps his most famous piece of artwork is entitled Still Alive, which the artist made by utilizing 3-D x-ray technology to form a bronze replica of his own skull. Martin has left golden nails permanently imbedded in the floors of museums, titled "Golden Spike," which he uses to symbolize his major life accomplishments. Martin's use of performance in his artwork sets him apart, as most of his pieces require work on behalf of the artist or the audience in order to be seen in its entirety.

In 2007, Martin’s art showed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Martin has also held several solo exhibitions at the White Cube in London, UK, Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Marc Foxx in Los Angeles, CA. He has lectured at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Martin lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.

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Kris Martin, Sies + Höke || The Armory Show

 

Kris Martin
Sies + Höke || The Armory Show
2014

Sies + Höke Galerie
Kris Martin, Dia

 

Kris Martin
Dia
2007

Sies + Höke Galerie
Kris Martin, Invitation

 

Kris Martin
Invitation
Sies + Höke Galerie
Kris Martin, Lost Wax V

 

Kris Martin
Lost Wax V
2012

White Cube
Kris Martin, Lost Wax XV

 

Kris Martin
Lost Wax XV
2013

White Cube
Kris Martin, Triomphe de Hollande

 

Kris Martin
Triomphe de Hollande
2013

White Cube
Kris Martin, Metamorphosis

 

Kris Martin
Metamorphosis
White Cube
Kris Martin, Nuit

 

Kris Martin
Nuit
2013

White Cube
Kris Martin, Do not cross the red line

 

Kris Martin
Do not cross the red line
Sies + Höke Galerie
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Kris Martin, Mirror

 

Kris Martin
Mirror, 2009
printed paper décollage on a mirror

 

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Kris Martin, Les Jours de fête

 

Kris Martin
Les Jours de fête, 2002
stainless steel flag pole

 

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Kris Martin, Summit (8 parts)

 

Kris Martin
Summit (8 parts), 2009
found stone, paper crosses and ink

 

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1972   Born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  Lives in Ghent, Belgium
2013   White Cube Mason's Yard, London (solo)
2012   MANDI, LehmbruckMuseum, Duisburg, Germany
2012   Every Day of the Weak, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
2010   Intensif-Station, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010   K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2009   Kris Martin @ Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (solo)
2008   Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (solo)
2008   Galleria d`Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo (solo)
2008   Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (solo)
2008   Traces du sacré, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2008   All-Inclusive. Die Welt des Tourismus, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
2007 - 2008   P.S.1 / Moma, New York, U.SA. (solo)
2007   My Private 5, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy (solo)
2007   Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2007   Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, U.SA. (solo)
2007   Gehen Bleiben, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germanay
2007   For Sale, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2007   Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London, UK
2007   Invisible, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
2007   Absent Without Leave, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
2007   Some Time Waiting, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
2007   Trobleyn/Laboratorium, Jan Fabre, Antwerp, Belgium
2006   Deus ex machina, Johann König, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006   My private escaped from Italy, International Center of Art and Landscape on the island of Vassivière, Beaumont du Lac, France
2006   Protections. Das ist keine Ausstellung, Kunsthaus Graz, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
2006   Faster! Bigger! Better! Signetwerke der Sammlungen, ZKM, Museum für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006   Nichts weiter als ein Rendezvous, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
2006   Designing Truth, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2006   Of Mice and Men,4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, curated by Ali Subotnick, Massimiliano Gioni and Maurizio Cattelan, Berlin, Germany
2005   Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (solo)
2005   Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2005   SEE history 2005 – der private Blick, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2005   Post Notes, Midway Contemporary Art, Minnesota; U.S.A.
2004   Beaulieu Gallery, Wortegem-Petegem, Belgium (solo)
2003   Gelijk het leven is, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2003   The distance between Me and You, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
2001   Verklärte Nacht, Sonsbeek 9, Arnheim, Netherlands
2000   Wahnsinn, Garden of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (solo)
2007    Stephen Feeke: Legacies of Laocoon. Introduction to the exhibition, in: Towards a New Laocoon, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2007, p. 9—13
2007    Kris Martin. Symphony My Private 5, Milano 2007
2006    Kris Martin, cat. Imschoot Verlag, Ghent 2006
2006    Stefanie Kreuzer: Kris Martin, das visuelle Potential der Leerstellen, in: Designing Truth, cat., Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg 2006, p. 65—69
2006    Renate Puvogel: Kris Martin, in: Kris Martin, cat. Imschoot Verlag, Ghent 2006
2006    Katrin Wittneven: Seine Tage sind gezählt, in: Monopol. Magazin für Kunst und Leben, 4 / 2006, p. 72-77
2005    Renate Puvogel: Kris Martin, in: Kunstforum International, April-May 2005, p. 295-297
2005    Smolik Noemi, Artforum International, Summer Issue 2005
2005    Stefanie Kreuzer: Kris Martin, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein 2005
2005    Erik Thoen: Kris Martin, ANONYME, in: Flammarion 10 / 2006
2002    Katrien Devolder: The shadow in the silence, in: Janus 11 / 2002