Collection Artwork
Martin Kersels (born Los Angeles, California, 1960)
aluminum, steel, motor, light, amplifier, speaker, wood, weights, CD player, audio CD
installed size: 69 x 22 x 22 in.
Gift of Peter Norton

Ongoing Research

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Tang Collective Catalog

A buoy is anchored in the water, a navigational marker where otherwise there would be none. Yet Martin Kersels’s Buoy, with sounds and a flashing light to attract both ear and eye, is not a steady beacon. Energized by a motor, the sculpture shifts its weight, dancing around the floor—but, attached to the wall by an electrical cord, it moves only so far. In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like many of us are moving in this way, minimally drifting, tethered to a wall. Physically and emotionally, we can only move so far. We see family and friends through a screen or at six feet of distance, everyone untouchable, masks covering our faces, our expressions. We are tethered to ourselves, looking out. We seek a buoy, a sight in the distance that will guide us—back to “normal,” if ever there was one—but also realize we are the buoys. We are still, mostly; and for one another, we can signal home and safety.
Pattern by Emma Fritschel ’19
Inspired by the exhibition Twice Drawn
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.