Jon Kessler

MFASO Lecture

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

3:30pm - 5:00pm

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Jon Kessler makes what he calls “performative sculptures,” whose humor and kitsch belie their serious critique. Kessler is best known for his kinetic sculptures that leave the mechanics exposed for the viewer. His work often combines centuries-old analog mechanisms with digital technology to explore the runoff of consumerist, “post-utopian” societies. He was one of the founders of the Bozart toy company and currently teaches at Columbia University. He also plays guitar for the X-Patsys, a band he started with artist Robert Longo and actress Barbara Sukowa.