New York

Martin Kersels

Deitch Projects

THOSE CRASHING, RHYTHMIC thuds you heard on entering Martin Kersels's latest show were the sounds of a little world being turned upside down. Literally. This world was the nascently putrescent, nascently pubescent milieu of a middle-class American miss—a room full of stuffed animals, boy-band posters, pink things of all sorts—methodically spinning around and around on a circular track like a giant automatic dryer, letting gravity slam its ersatz, picket-fenced-in contents down to earth, again and again, until they were ground to smithereens. Welcome to Tumble Room, 2001.

Kersels is a big, heavy dude—he's at least six foot three and probably weighs in at over 300 pounds—but his often amusing works have a light touch. Maybe deceptively so: It's one thing to see the lithe, youngish woman in the video Pink Constellation, 2001, nimbly navigating the predestruction Tumble Room

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