I recently visited John Kessler’s newest installation, The Web, at the Swiss Institute in Soho. If this is your kind of art, I urge you to make a visit.
Mixed-media sculptor Jon Kessler has been a personal favorite for a bunch of years now, ever since I first saw his massive The Palace at 4:00 A.M. piece at MoMA PS1 back in early 2006. Featuring dozens of surveillance cameras and their corresponding, trickily positioned monitors, and a hundred intricate, often kinetic details, The Palace took over the entire third floor of the museum and was, in a word, amazing. And everything I’ve seen of Kessler’s since, such as last winter’s The Blue Period at Salon 94 on Bowery, has been more of the same: tons of closed circuit cameras, lots of whirring, moving parts, crazy imagery, overall amazingness. (more…)