Jens began his career at the South Florida Art Center (now ArtCenter Miami Beach) on Lincoln Road where he began to work with found objects, which became an amazingly prolific and creative body of work. This “cabinet of curiosities” produced several series that he refers to as Function Destruction – chairs, books, suitcases, wood, pianos, beds, tables – all reassembled in varying designs in shallow relief to become allusions to their former selves – an appeal, in some sense, to a common idea of what an object is. Jens is a great admirer of Joseph Beuys, a member of the Fluxus movement, responsible for certain aspects of creative practice outside of the institution and into the everyday. Jens can be seen as the spiritual heir of Marcel Duchamp for his willingness to question our notions of sculpture; Nam June Paik for his inventive use of banal objects; Claus Oldenburg for his humour; and Lucas Samaras for his intellect and witty, and sometimes perverse, creativity.
Jens Diercks studied sculpture and lithography at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada. Jens work is in many important private collections.