Marcus Kleinfeld’s text works tend to come in two variants. There are the solitary pieces of short paragraphs of opaque and vaguely mysterious lists reminiscent of medical and scientific reports or observational analyses. The other work type is displayed in pairs or groups with a framed photographic print (of people, hands or objects) on the left and an accompanying text piece in the next frame. These are similarly concerned with human behaviourism and psychology as well as with analytical, academic, technical and/or bureaucratic language.
There is an emphasis on pseudo-scientific listing and numbering that illustrates the way individuals and their motivations are classified and evaluated by institutional systems and social frameworks. Whilst the language employed remains utterly technical and unemotional throughout, it simultaneously presents the viewer with concepts that cannot be easily measured or evaluated, thereby subverting itself.
Many of these works formulate a criticism of unquestioned routines and patterns and urge the viewer to rethink their own automatisms, habits and moral attitudes. They also hint at neuroses, contradictions and belief systems deeply ingrained in the human psyche and within all social interactions.