Martin Boyce - All over - Again - and Again
New Glasgow show continues to showcase his Turner Prize-winning style
Pay attention to that title and the way it’s been formatted, says Glaswegian Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce, because it tells a story. A linked companion to his recent New York show It’s over / and over, the words are meant to be separated on different lines, as if they’re a poem. ‘The first line suggests something ending,’ he says, ‘and each line after creates a loop, again and again and again, the sense of something continuously ending.’
This relates directly to the work, which continues the sense of urban inertia that pervaded ‘Do words have voices’, which won the Turner in 2011. ‘All the pieces have a sense of something that’s been abandoned,’ Boyce says, ‘for example windows that have been boarded up or a set of chairs stacked on a table, which indicates you’re in a place which is no longer in use. It creates a pause where things are waiting in time, and the idea of that moment interests me.’
The most prominent works, he says, are hanging mobiles made from steel bars and chain which are intentionally designed to recreate the shape of a weeping willow. ‘But of course they’re not weeping willows at all,’ he says, ‘they just have that sense, it’s not a literal interpretation. It’s like music though, why does one chord followed by another take you somewhere emotionally? Why do these forms have the same impact? Why do we look at a willow and think it’s weeping?’
Modern Institute, Glasgow, until Sat 31 Aug.