Medium Powder coated steel, chain, wire and chair parts
Martin Boyce’s work explores the visual language of modernist architecture and design. Drawing on its iconography and history of production, classic pieces of furniture by Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, among others, have often been the focus of Boyce’s attention. Boyce’s selected objects engage with the ethos of modernism: democratic and mass-produced, they reflect an ambition for what can be understood as a utopian vision – a re-imagining of society on egalitarian terms. Boyce is also interested in how meanings change over time, in particular how the significance of particular objects alters as society changes. Displaced from their original ideals and context, Boyce’s objects take on an alternative life.
Martin Boyce: For 1959 Capital Avenue, exhibition catalogue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt 2002.
Martin Boyce Undead Dreams, exhibition catalogue, RomaRomaRoma, Rome 2003.
Martin Boyce, Zürich 2009