Kyle Alden Martens is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance based in Montréal. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2015 with a BFA in Intermedia. He is a recent MFA graduate in sculpture at Concordia University where he was supported by the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Arts Fellowship, the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC). Martens has exhibited solo exhibitions with Circa Art Actuel in Montréal, AXENÉO7 in Gatineau, the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax as well as his exhibition PORTABLE CLOSETS, which was shown nationally at Stride Gallery, Centre Clark, and Eastern Edge Gallery. He has presented work with Patel Brown, Bradley Ertaskiran, Pangée, and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery among others. His practice is currently supported by a Canada Council for the Arts creation grant where he is investigating sites of storage to find alternative metaphors for the proverbial closet. He is a current laureate of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art. Martens is represented by Patel Brown.
Clothing serves as an allusion, throughout my practice, to fitting and fitting in. In some cases, objects nest perfectly into places designed with care and attention to accommodate them. In others, fitting is more theoretical, calling into question how queer bodies take up space. Throughout my practice sculptures of ropes, ladders, purses, clothing, accessories, and footwear situate the work where bodies and their analogues reside, such as dollhouses, gymnasiums, and closets. Whispers of touch and tension are hinted at in referential forms like gloves, marbles, and knots. Each series presents a cohort of friendly and fetishized objects, installations, performances, and videos—cute yet unruly, softly rebellious.