Promising variation and variety assures nothing more than a lack of boredom, which is not a formula for art. To the extent art mirrors nature, it should be rich and varied in form and content. But images and reflections that are not wearisome would make for a poor definition of art.
What, then, does an exhibit of Indiscriminate Sculptures offer? No monotony in three dimensions? No yawning? Nearly twenty Kesselman sculptures offer an array of common things in unexpected forms. Their content is surprising, disturbing, and humorous.
The exhibit obviously begs the question, What is art? According to Kesselman, art is what happens in the mind when it is fed certain things in certain ways. The electro-chemical reaction in the brain creates something new out of the parts; it is this emotional and intellectual alchemy that gives art its power and delight. Defining good art is an exercise Kesselman leaves to the critics and philosophers.
Kesselman was born in Baltimore, raised in Arizona, and has lived and worked as an artist and writer for many years in the Bay Area. In the printed introduction to the exhibit, Kesselman thanks visitors for taking a chance and coming to an exhibit called NOMONOTONY. He hopes your brain is pleasantly moved in some way and that blasé is not the taste left in your mouth when you leave.