Stefan Kern (b. 1966 in Hamburg) locates his works with fine irony on the borderline between art and design, between the pure aesthetics of the object and practical usefulness, thus adressing the old question of the "function" of art. His works are formally related to models such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt or Carl Andre, but they seriously subvert the excessively theory-bound strategiesof Minimal Art, in that Kern makes art in the form of "furnishings" accessible and available for practical use. His works are mostly objects or installations, e.g. speaker's lectern or a form of seating of decidedly communicative and physically responsive caracter.
Untitled (Tribüne), 1996
Aluminium, lacquer, steel
Permanent loan Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation
© Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, 2015, Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main