Martin Boyce

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s)
URLsWikipedia
Institutions/museums


Awards
Award2011Turner PrizeTate Gallery, Tate BritainLondon, England


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2019Just Beyond the UndertowConvent Space for Contemporary ArtGhent, Belgium
Group exhibition2019Negative Space. Trajectories of SculptureZKM | Center for Art and MediaKarlsruhe, Germany
Solo exhibition2018Hanging GardensA4 Art MuseumChengdu, China
Solo exhibition2016Do Words Have VoicesTate BritainLondon, England
Group exhibition2016L’Esprit du Bauhaus, L’Objet en QuestionMusée des Arts DécoratifsParis, France
Solo exhibition2015Martin BoyceMuseum für GegenwartskunstBasel, Switzerland
Group exhibition2013London: City of DisappearancesCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary ArtsSan Francisco, USA
Group exhibition2012Common Ground13th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice BiennaleVenice, Italy
Solo exhibition2011CommissionMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, USA
Group exhibition2007Skulptur Projekte MünsterMünster, Germany


Artworks in Collections
Museum of Modern ArtNew York, USA
TateLondon, England
Museum für Moderne KunstFrankfurt, Germany
Carnegie Museum of ArtPittsburgh, USA
Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence, USA
Gallery of Modern ArtGlasgow, Scotland
Daimler Art CollectionBerlin


Publications
Monograph2011SnoeckMartin Boyce (Turner Prize 2011)Boyce, Martin/Christian Ganzenberg/ Wiehager, Renate978-3864420054Cologne 
Monograph2015Princeton Architectural PressMartin Boyce: When Now is Night PaperbackMolon, DominicMartin Boyce: When Now is Night PaperbackNew York 


Research & teaching
professorship2018Professur für BildhauereiHochschule für bildende KünsteHamburg


2018
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Research and teaching

Hamburg, Germany
Prof. für Bildhauerei

2018
2011
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Awards

London, UK
Turner Prize

2011
1996 - 1997
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Education

Glasgow, Scotland

1996 - 1997
1996
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Education

Los Angeles, USA
California Institute for the Arts

1996
1986 - 1990
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Education

Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow School of Art

1986 - 1990
1967
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Born

Hamilton, Scotland

1967
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Places of residence

Glasgow, Scotland

Martin Boyce works across a range of media including sculpture, installation and photography as well as wall paintings and fictional text. At the core of his work is an exploration of modernist design and specifically how time has affected our understanding of design objects.

Now I've got real worry (Mask and L-bar) from 1998-9 is an example of an early work in which Boyce has deconstructed two modernist objects by the iconic American designers, Charles and Ray Eames, making the leg splint into a tribal mask and the L-bar into a spear. In works such as this, Boyce compares the culture in which the objects were originally produced, in this case the optimism surrounding the post-war boom in manufacturing, to their position today as collectable art objects.

Boyce's interest in modernist design was reinforced when he discovered a photograph of the concrete trees created by the sculptors Joél and Jan Martel for the 1925 Parisian Exhibition of Decorative Arts. This marks the departure point for his recent work. From the Martels' decidedly cubist-inspired interpretation of nature, Boyce devised his own grid-based vocabulary of geometric shapes that he has since used as a basis for all aspects of his art. He also created his own font of angular letters, which has allowed Boyce to develop his interest in language and narrative.

Installation plays a significant role in Boyce's art. His distinct awareness of space and its effect on the viewer was honed through his education's focus on art for the public realm. Recalling familiar public spaces such as playgrounds, pedestrian walkways and abandoned or disused sites, Boyce's installations often have a ghostly or somewhat disquieting atmosphere. His 2002  installation. Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours at Tramway, Glasgow, transformed the gallery space into a darkened urban park, the only light emanating from trees constructed from tubular lamps. Such stage-sets create an imagined world where the past, present and future mix. Boyce merges the natural and the constructed, the populated and the uninhabited, the real and the imaginary, to create a melancholy interpretation of an unnamed landscape.

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/artists/martin-boyce (25.09.2020)

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Our love is like the flowers, the rain, the sea and the hours photo Our love is like the flowers, the rain, the sea and the hours 2002 Martin Boyce 
We Are The Breeze (Electric Trees) photo We Are The Breeze (Electric Trees) 2006 Martin Boyce