Brushing Against Strange Weeds (Shapes and Noises)
Brushing Against Strange Weeds (Shapes and Noises), 2004 Martin Boyce
Edition of 25 Signed by the artist.
About the Artist
Martin Boyce is one of Scotland's most prominent artists and is well known for his sculptural installations that draw from the familiarity of our immediate urban or natural environments:
“His works reference conventional public spaces - the playground, pedestrian subway, discarded or abandoned sites - to form a cohesive and immersive environment…sculptural forms recall conventional public furniture; benches, bins, signage and lighting. Drawing on the iconography and subsequent production of modernist design; these objects take on an alternative life by being displaced from their original context and purpose.”
No Reflections, published by DCA, 2009
Martin Boyce developed this series of three screen prints in the DCA Print Studio. The works relate to his 2004 exhibition Brushing Against Strange Weeds at the Modern Institute, Glasgow and previous works shown at Tramway, Glasgow.
The first two prints stem from shapes seen in a photograph of four concrete trees created by Joël and Jan Martel for the 1925 ‘Exposition des Arts Décoratifs’ in Paris. Flattened and translated into strong urban colours reminiscent of industrial signage, in the artist’s words these trees "represent a perfect collapse of architecture and nature”. The third print, We Are Resistant, We Dry Out in the Sun references his installation at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and is based on two interlocking swimming pool parasols, which have faded in the sun.
Martin Boyce was selected by DCA to represent Scotland at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. This is the first occasion that Scotland has selected a single artist for representation. A new specially commissioned print edition and publication by Martin Boyce will be released in conjunction with his project No Reflections for Scotland and Venice.
Description: Four colour screenprint on Fabriano 4 Liscia paper
Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm (image size: 89 x 60 cm)
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