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MARTIN BOYCE The Moderr. Institute, Glasgow, Fri 7 May-Fri 4 June
Despite hrs assougrtron with the gallery since its inception, this is Martin Boyce's first solo show at the Modern Institute. In place of the large-scale installations that have typified his recent work, Boyce is using this homecoming to exhibit a set of related sculptures, developing existing themes and moving into new territory. His 20oz show at Tramway, later reworked for the Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, is a starting point. ‘lt’s all connected to the Tramway stiow,’ says Boyce. 'That show Was, lil a broad sense, about park landscapes, and I’m still thinking about that kind of landscape, those kind of ideas The pieces for this exhibition are going to be individual sculptures that relate to the
psychological make-up of that kind of the same time, but there is an assumed presence, another kind of presence that’s quite ghost—like in a way. I’ve been doing pieces with distressed, dyed and bleached sweatshirts. These faded pieces of clothing are a way of introducing a sort of figurative presence, without
space, that mood of the urban park.’ While the Tiali.‘.‘.‘ti‘,’ and Vancouver exhibitions evoked discrete spaces, with twighlit street iirz'niture filtered through Boyce's modernist design aesthetic, the Moder. Institute show is set to haVe a trglitu focus, introducing an explicit human presence into the imagined park. ‘l’m interested in the way that we go to
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Unlike the cohesive installations Boyce has become known for, then, parks during the day but with a sense this new show is a chance to see the
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artist on the move, investigating and inquiring. And there’s more than a nod
exhibition’s title, Brushing Against Strange Weeds. ‘lt’s a line from Michael 0ndaatje’s book Coming Through Slaughter,’ Boyce explains. ‘It really hit me that the phrase conjours up a landscape, and, when it comes to dealing with art, it also seems to talk about that space between you and the work. You have to feel your way through something, rather than feeling your way to something.’ (Jack Mottram)
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Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, until Sat 8 May 0...
Alex Frost at Sorcha Dallas. Glasgow's newest eponyriious cornriiercral gallery. makes sense. the small but charming interference to what should he the grotty hack end of Paddy's Market. sits neatly among its neighhours and wrthrn itself.
On entering the space the first thing that strikes you is that there are orin two works on display. But they sit together with an air of confidence that dravrs you in to ()fl(]tl|f'(} further.
Untitled fear and coat; is a large pencil dr‘avring on graph paper. But the scale is so (iispropor‘troriate to the coriiriion usage of graph paper that Frost has screen-printed his own. This intensity of erigageriient is echoed hy the tune it must have taken to fill in the squares with a variety of cross. circle and equal signs. Stepping back through the gallery the intricacy of the piece pulls together to form an intimate riioriierit. as you catch a portrait of hoth the artist and his environment. while seeing little of either.
Behind you is a sculptural piece. a physical manifestation of ephemeral packaging. The title of this piece. Fver‘ydai', seems to seep from the work. yet it is quite clearly an engagement wrth a Hyuta packet that most of us mll never have. [ ach indiVidual 'tir'ick' is screen printed and hand coloured: r’e rendering the everyday and suhiecting it to f r'ost's particular form of expression.
the show successlulk indicates f-r‘ost's dryersih and assurance With his riiaterrals. S(}f\.’lllt] to pique an interest. which wrll no doubt he satiated in the future. (1 ucy (‘iihsoni