Martin Boyce: No Clouds or Streams No Information or Memory

No Clouds or Streams No Information or Memory, Martin Boyce's sixth solo exhibition at The Modern Institute, pays homage to the history of design, art, and architecture.

Martin Boyce: No Clouds or Streams No Information or Memory

About Martin Boyce: No Clouds or Streams No Information or Memory

17th Sep 2021 to 23rd Oct 2021
10am - 6pm
The Modern Institute
14 - 20 Osborne Street, Glasgow City Centre G1 5QN
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Martin Boyce’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery, ‘No Clouds or Streams No Information or Memory’ sees the development of an elegiac exploration of unease through quotidian objects and interiors, whilst paying homage to the history of design, art, and architecture.

Throughout the space, intersecting walls create a disorientating environment in which the viewer to encounters a repetition of telephones, chairs and doors. Each with their own presence and character, three chairs are individually positioned against doors, their adjustable backrests wedged against its handle, forcing them shut. Since its first iteration in 1999 as Chair (Noir), Boyce’s reference of this cinematic device has evolved to include industrial references as well as that of the Arts and Crafts movement. Each chair’s action suggests a personality of guardianship, becoming an aid to protect the room from whatever malevolent force that lies beyond. Moreover, this strange domestic still life provides an uncanny reflection towards the context of contested territories, borders and isolationist politics.

Another threshold is indicated by the recognisable form of the wall mounted telephone. Set against large painted panels, their shapes and patterns allude to Boyce’s ongoing visual language. The retrofuturist appearance of these landline telephones alluding to their own battle against obsolescence. In these works, Boyce examines the phone’s territorial relationship as a portal between two fixed points in space and time, which leads one to ask whether objects are alive and carry residue; or whether instead they are simply hollow conduits imposed upon through interaction. Boyce also observes the conditions and circumstances in which information and memory operates (and consequently how information is harvested and retained) in conjunction with today’s digital technology

In the sense of silence and stillness, the tension of expectation and potential is rich: the phone threatens to ring as the door pushes against the chair.

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