Marcus Kleinfeld’s sculpture presents a raw and intellectual engagement with the human condition. In its decidedly non-abstract language, it gives form to universal experiences of life and death or memory and childhood and discusses specific historical and political events. A number of works from the EMPIRE exhibition dealt with the U.S. privatised prison industry; other pieces were about the volatility of global financial markets, oppressive authority or psychological concepts such as Stockholm Syndrome.
The works confront their audiences with the responsibilities inherent in their private and public lives as citizens and invite them to contemplate the power of institutional constraints that corporate and societal frameworks impose on them.
Readymade objects take an important and often central position to stress the very real way in which common forms construct the world we all inhabit – a world created and regulated by physical objects and structures. Once the viewer can recognise what the works depict or are assembled from, everyday objects are being revealed to be signifiers of political agency.