Martin Boyce: Night terrace – lantern chains – forgotten seas – sky (4 stars)

Sculpture exhibition from the Glasgow-based Turner Prize nominee

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Martin Boyce: Night terrace – lantern chains – forgotten seas – sky

Triggered by fragments of colliding locations, a set of objects and textures in low light convey a dislocated landscape. Rust drips down like tears of blood from obsolete steel park benches. Table top surfaces and hanging wall panels are covered with illegible inscriptions. A powdery hue of dusk in the air is illuminated by the dim light of honeycombed lanterns.

The scene transports, momentarily, to balmy nights with palm trees, long drinks and languid lovers. Then, instantaneously, to darkened corners with long lurking shadows in deserted urban blind spots after dark that smell of discharge and decay. Impressions are distilled in the fabric of the works, their gritty appearance rendered beautiful.

Glasgow-based Martin Boyce, nominated for this year’s Turner prize, makes work that writes poetry through objects. It is the atmosphere of the space that we inhabit that charm us first, then the individual pieces in the tableau. Here they appear prophetic, masculine and frigid, almost glowing with cool emotion. We approach and circle them with caution like an eagle closing in on its prey.

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, until Sat 25 Jun.

Martin Boyce: Night – terrace – lantern chains – forgotten seas – sky

  • 4 stars

New work generating ideas of the exterior landscape within the gallery space, from 2011 Turner Prize nominee Boyce.

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