Lot 45: Martin Kruck

CEPA Gallery's 2014 Biennial Art Auction artist Martin Kruck

Martin Kruck
Empire II
28 x 22 inches
Signed Recto
Edition 2/5
Habitorium Series

BIO: Martin Kruck earned his Master of Fine Art degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1995 and his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Queen’s University, Canada in 1991. 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 artist 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. He is currently a Professor of Art at New Jersey City University and lives and works outside of New York City. www.martinkruck.com

STATEMENT: My photographic projects often involve multi-layered interpretations of place. This recent series entitled Habitorium, makes a study of constructed habitats — those spaces designed to satisfy both the emotional and bodily needs of its occupant. Views of hotels, zoos, museums, parks, and other human and animal environments, are combined to create new scenes that explore the idea of post-naturalistic photography. More enclosures than landscapes, the works tend to reveal how extremely studied life is. Nature and artifice form inversions throughout the series, adding to the uneasy feeling the spaces we inhabit are for test subjects. The pieces in Habitorium are photogravure intaglio prints on Rives BFK paper, produced and printed by the artist.

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