British artist Ian Kiaer creates groupings of ephemeral sculptures that become carefully composed landscapes of found objects and materials, architectural models, and paintings. Each project begins with extensive research into visionary thinkers and practitioners who went against the grain of their time. Kiaer’s work is suffused with vision—the often spare, ephemeral nature of his objects compels a close viewing and consciousness of one’s own perceptions, and the historical figures and moments he invokes often strongly influenced the ways in which our models of seeing and aesthetic contemplation have been historically constructed.
For Kiaer, the installations are ways of intuitively modeling and testing concepts. Far from didactic, his tableaux create subtly evocative relationships between objects, allowing viewers to reconstruct their own narrative from the fragments. The striking poetic economy of his work, whereby the artist achieves great perceptual and conceptual effect through the simplest of means, and the collisions of scale and perspective evident in his installations further open the associative potential of the work for viewers. Kiaer’s exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum, his first one-person presentation in the United States, is borne out of his extensive research into the Irish novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett.
Ian Kiaer was born in London in 1971, where he currently lives and works. He has had solo exhibitions at the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Kunstverein Munich; Fondazione Maramotti, Milan; and Tate Britain, London. His work has been exhibited in numerous international group exhibitions, including Manifesta 3 (2000), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006); and the 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009).