Just Beyond the Undertow

Martin Boyce
November 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Exhibition view: Just Beyond the Undertow, Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent, 2019–2020

 

Photo © Dirk Pauwels

Dead Star (Sorrow), 2016
Painted steel, blackened steel, cast and painted bronze, cast bronze
102 x 163 x 43,5 cm (arm with dead star mobile)

 

Dead Star (Sorrow) combines a metal bar with a bar socket and a metal outlet. It appears as if a hanging lamp has been dismantled. Both elements are not electrified, as the invoked by the titular phrase “dead star.”

 

Photo © Dirk Pauwels

Exhibition view: Just Beyond the Undertow, Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent, 2019–2020

 

Photo © Dirk Pauwels

Before The Leaves, 2016
Blackened galvanised steel, blackened nickel plated steel, painted steel, chain
185 x 184 x 58 cm

 

Before The Leaves is from the artist’s series of mobiles that characteristically imbue the formal vocabulary of contemporary urbanism with moments of unexpected tenderness and beauty.

 

Photo © Dirk Pauwels

Alone On The Water, 2018
Painted wood, painted and stained steel, brass chain, brass, dyed fringing
155 x 209.5 x 90 cm approx

 

The large-scale free-standing work Alone on the Water functions both as dividers and frames, a form Boyce has employed as part of his creation of hybrid architectural landscapes to highlight the polysemy of screens as boundaries, openings, and markers of liminal spaces.

 

Photo © Dirk Pauwels

Just Beyond the Undertow

Martin Boyce
Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent
November 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020
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The non-profit space Convent presents Just Beyond the Undertow, the first solo exhibition by Scottish artist Martin Boyce in Belgium. With a focus on international contemporary art, Convent aims to complement the programs of the already existing spaces in the city of Ghent.

 

Inspired by the specific architecture of the space–located next to the courtyard of an old convent school designed by the Ghent architect Roger Warie (1901, Ghent–1991, Oudenaarde)–Martin Boyce's exhibition focuses on a selection of sculptures and installations from 2003-2018, combined with newly produced works.

 

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