Kris Martin, T.Y.F.F.S.H., 2011

Images of Kris Martin, T.Y.F.F.S.H.

  • In this gallery view, a hot air balloon on its side squeezes through a small doorway. The red, blue, and white striped balloon is inflated by two fans near the wicker basket.
  • A red, white, and blue fabric canopy presses against walls of room; portable fans blow air into the room through a doorway.
In this gallery view, a hot air balloon on its side squeezes through a small doorway. The red, blue, and white striped balloon is inflated by two fans near the wicker basket.
Kris Martin, Belgian, b. 1972
T.Y.F.F.S.H., 2011
Hot air balloon, basket, metal ring, and fans
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2011.43
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A red, white, and blue fabric canopy presses against walls of room; portable fans blow air into the room through a doorway.
Kris Martin, Belgian, b. 1972
T.Y.F.F.S.H., 2011
Hot air balloon, basket, metal ring, and fans
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2011.43
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

About

Kris Martin uses common objects, large and small, to produce new meaning or possibilities. Here, he offers the fantasy of a marooned hot air balloon that has mysteriously landed in the museum, at the same time creating a psychedelic fun house that can adapt to any sized space.

The title of this piece comes from the name of the German gallery, Sies + Höke, where it was first shown. Playing on the language of airline promotions, it stands for “Thank you for flying Sies + Höke.”