Kevin Mortensen

B. 1939

Among Australia's most innovative artists, Kevin Mortensen's work has been described as 'Techno-funk-pop'. He is perhaps best known for his avant-garde birdman motif, which is in part a critique of art market and an embodiment of Danish culture and Norse mythology. This ritualistic, animalistic strain winds through his work. 

A sculptor, visual artist and performance artist, Mortensen represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1981 where he befriended Marina Abramović and her then partner Ulay. He is represented in most public collections, the winner of the Mildura Sculpture Triennial Prize and in 2015, was the subject of a monograph.

Mortensen has analogised art to a joke, finding a punchline in both. Like a dark humourist, he plays with absurdity and meaning. 

 

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