Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18, 6-8 PM
Entitled It's Over and Over, Martin Boyce's third solo exhibition at the gallery will transform the ground floor exhibition space into an immersive, dream-like environment of shapes and forms that are at once familiar and entirely new. Drawing on modernist design, these new sculptures juxtapose angular planes and stark geometry with elements that evoke nostalgia: constellations of lanterns, skeletal renderings of chairs and collapsed tables, and tumbling letters that spell out short, poetic phrases. This combination of the hard-edged and romantic plays out in each of these new works, cultivating new meanings and contexts that hover at the intersection of form and function, architecture and sculpture, history and memory.
Winner of the Tate’s 2011 Turner Prize, Martin Boyce (b. 1967) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent presentations include the artist's major commission as part of the List Visual Art Center's permanent sculpture program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2011 (solo); No Reflections, Scottish Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy; traveling to DCA, Dundee, Scotland, 2009-2010 (solo); Baltic Presents Turner Prize 2011, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 2011-2012 (group); Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; traveling to Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Orange County Museum of Sculpture, Newport Beach, CA; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010-2012 (group).
As the artist’s third solo show with the gallery, this exhibition will feature eight exceptional large-scale photographs from Starkey’s latest body of work. Quietly contemplative yet intensely evocative, these new works build on the artist's exploration of the complex physical and psychological connections between the individual and his or her everyday surroundings. Collaborating directly with her female subjects, Starkey renders carefully composed and exquisitely textured scenes that capture women in private moments of introspection, instances that tap into the personal and collective memories of her viewers, recalling familiar events and emotions. In this newest group of photographs, she examines convergences of the interior and exterior worlds specifically through the perspective of the mother figure, evoking poignant narratives of protection, struggle, love, and hope.
Born in Belfast in 1971, Starkey currently lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include the artist's solo retrospective, Hannah Starkey: Twenty-Nine Pictures, at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, 2011; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, UK, 2011 (solo); Borrowed Memories: Exhibition from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, 2012-2013 (group); 2011 Seoul Photo Festival, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea (group). In 2000, Starkey presented a major solo exhibition at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
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