Lot 39: Martin Kruck

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Martin Kruck

Archival Inkjet Print
24 x 36 inches
Signed Recto
Habitorium Series

BIO: Martin Kruck earned his Master of Fine Art degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Queen’s University, Canada. To date his work has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions and in over 100 group exhibitions internationally. His work has been exhibited in Germany, Japan, Estonia, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (UK), Mexico and throughout the United States and Canada.. He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the American Academy in Rome, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Recent artist fellowship residencies have included the Can Serrat Art Center, El Bruc, Spain; GloGau AIR, Berlin, Germany; the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts; and the MacDowell Colony of Art. He is currently a Professor of Art at New Jersey City University and lives and works outside of New York City.

STATEMENT: The Habitorium series makes a study of constructed spaces, those interior and exterior areas designed to satisfy both the emotional and bodily needs of its occupants. The recent work extends my focus on the aesthetics of the sublime and the strange feedback loop between it and the idea of self-domestication. The series combines photographic elements from human and animal environments to create a post-naturalistic landscape that tends to reveal how extremely studied life is. I am interested in the drive to envision an improved environment, both natural and artificial, and how that may create cultural and/or biological adaptations based on new spaces.

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