Bernhard Martin: Kings Corner
March 11–May 11, 2001
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce the presentation of Kings Corner by German artist Bernhard Martin. Curated by P.S.1 Senior Curator Klaus Biesenbach, the work features an installation of a walk-in closet which opens to reveal a table dance scene designed for a one-person audience.
Kings Corner belongs to a series of armoires designed by Martin which include personal-sized disco and beach settings. Similar to the wunderkammer, or European curiosity cabinets of the 16th century, these seemingly household walk-in closets contain a fantastical spectacle for the viewer. The work addresses the constructed nature of leisure spaces and the dichotomy between the mundane and the extraordinary. At the same time, it becomes a site for contemplating the condition of alienation within modernity.
Viewers who enter Kings Corner will find a bedazzled scene furnished with a couch, a pole-dance stage, and other go-go bar accouterments. The construction of the closet also suggests the notion of artist as craftsman with keen emphasis on detail and finish. According to Martin, these objects function as solutions to the lack he observes in daily life: "what I need I make for myself."
Bernhard Martin (b. 1966) lives and works in Frankfurt. His works have been included in Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Galerie Serge Ziegler, Zürich; and Ludwig-Haack-Museum, Ludwigshafen.
The programs of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Office of the Borough President of Queens, and The Council of the City of New York.