Black Telephone (Dreaming)
Patinated steel, etched and painted aluminum, painted silicone molded vacuum cast resin, coiled cable
221 x 166 x 11 cm / 87 x 65 3/8 x 4 3/8 in
© Martin Boyce
Glasgow-based artist Martin Boyce, reworks and references the textures and forms of the built environment. Using the iconography of the everyday alongside the formal and conceptual histories of modern architecture and design, his sculptures often form poetic landscapes which merge interior and exterior spaces. In an extended act of homage and deconstruction Boyce has most notably referenced Jan and Joël Martel’s concrete trees of 1925. From these structures Boyce developed a typography and a consistent lexicon of shapes which feed into his sculptural practice. Alongside his large-scale, site-specific installations, Boyce’s output also encompasses the reimagining of more modest utilitarian objects. Vents, screens, telephone booths, fireplaces and lanterns are incorporated into a wider body of work imbued with the language of urbanism and punctuated with moments of unexpected tenderness and beauty. Boyce won the prestiges Turner Prize in 2011 and since 2018 has been professor of sculpture at HFBK Hamburg.