Do Words Have Voices by Martin Boyce

Do Words Have Voices is an installation that explores the history and legacy of Modernist design and architecture.


Details

Medium:
Various media;
Dimensions:
Various dimensions
Art Fund grant:
£60,000 ( Total: £150,000)
Acquired in:
2016
Vendor:
The artist

It comprises six elements which can be shown together or individually. Martin Boyce was born in Scotland and studied at Glasgow School of Art. His ongoing investigation into the story of Modernism and how its utopian ideals have shifted has been the subject of much critical attention. In 2011 he installed Do Words Have Voices as his entry for the Turner Prize and was named the winner. Among the elements of the installation is a piece of furniture and a set of ceiling panels inspired directly by the iconic designs of Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer. There is also a steel bin lined with a blue jumper, an item intended as a humorous take on a typical park bin and the Scottish climate. Each element of the installation is the result of detailed research and construction. Boyce has said of his work: ‘It’s all about landscape. I’m interested in the psychological landscape, the physical landscape, the built environment, the things we pass through everyday and then occasionally catch a glimpse of and maybe see something that has a meaningful resonance. The work is to amplify those moments.’

Provenance

The artist.

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