Stellar Remnants

Martin Boyce
November 28, 2014 – March 21, 2015

Dead Star Contellation (looking down on an empty pool) 2014 (left) 
Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze
259 x 104 x 105 cm

Dead Star (red), 2014 (center) 
Painted steel, cast and painted bronze
61 x 37 x 43 cm


A Passageway for the Sky, 2014 (right) 
Painted aluminium, ciment fondu, painted steel
90 x 116 x 47 cm 

 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

A Passageway for the Sky, 2014
Painted aluminium, ciment fondu, painted steel
90 x 116 x 47 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Dead Star (red), 2014 (left) 
Painted steel, cast and painted bronze
61 x 37 x 43 cm

Dead Star Contellation (looking down on an empty pool) 2014 (right) 
Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze
259 x 104 x 105 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Dead Star (red), 2014 
Painted steel, cast and painted bronze
61 x 37 x 43 cm

 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Untitled (eclipse), 2014 (left) 
Jesmonite, painted plywood, painted steel
135 x 190 x 6 cm 

 

Satellite, 2014 (right) 
Painted and stained steel, rusted chain
160 x 80 x 90 cm


Photo © Jens Ziehe

Untitled (eclipse), 2014 
Jesmonite, painted plywood, painted steel
135 x 190 x 6 cm 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Satellite, 2014
Painted and stained steel, rusted chain
160 x 80 x 90 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe
Satellite, 2014 (detail) 
Painted and stained steel, rusted chain
160 x 80 x 90 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Dead Star Constellation (above a lake), 2014 (left) 
Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze
265 x 105 x 87 cm

 

All the Skies, All the Ground, 2013 (right) 

Jesmonite, paint, steel
190 x 135 x 5 cm

 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

All the Skies, All the Ground, 2013  

Jesmonite, paint, steel
190 x 135 x 5 cm

 

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Dead Star Constellation (above a lake), 2014 
Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze
265 x 105 x 87 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Dead Star Constellation (above a lake), 2014 (detail) 
Blackened nickel plated steel, rusted steel chain, painted steel, cast and painted bronze
265 x 105 x 87 cm

Photo © Jens Ziehe

Stellar Remnants

Martin Boyce
Johnen Galerie, Berlin
November 28, 2014 – March 21, 2015
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Martin Boyce’s sculptures, photographs and installations are informed by his engagement with modern art, architecture and design. Boyce compresses the gap between utopian ideals and the reality of Modern visions into dark and poetic images. In his works beauty and failure as well as protective interior and natural forces are collapsing into each other.

For the exhibition at Johnen Galerie Martin Boyce has for the first time developed a sculpture based on the form of a fireplace. This ‘fireplace’ opens up to another space, giving the secure feeling of the ‘fireside room’ an ambivalent atmosphere, reminiscent of surrealist iconography. One of the references that come to mind is René Magritte’s painting Time Transfixed (La Durée Poignardée), in which a steam locomotive emerges from the inside of a mantled chimney into a room. Furthermore, the fireplace is mounted higher than usual, which reminds us of the perspective trickery of Carlo Mollino’s fireplace at Casa Mollino in Turin, Italy. Mobiles with rusted chains increase the described uncertainty in atmosphere through associations with trees, transience and the inevitability of natural processes. The works of Martin Boyce resemble melancholic poems, even more so as the titles and texts of the works often echo this mood. 

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