We are shipwrecked and landlocked
RMIT UNIVERSITY ALUMNI COURTYARD
22 OCTOBER - 30 NOVEMBER 2008
Kaldor Public Art Projects, in collaboration with RMIT University, is proud to present a new sculptural installation by Martin Boyce in RMIT’s Alumni Courtyard.
Boyce has selected the historically rich RMIT University Alumni Courtyard, in the city of Melbourne, as the site for his Kaldor Art Project commission. This rare inner city open space will become a Modernist inspired garden of 'palm' trees constructed from the same geometric element that has appeared in many of his recent projects.
This form has its source in concrete trees created by Joel and Jan Martel for the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Boyce has taken the basic geometric element utilised to create these concrete trees and remodelled it as three palm trees, a winding screen/fence intersected by a hose and other objects such as a warped rubbish bin and drain grate.
These sculptural elements made from industrial materials are a play between the abstract and figurative, creating a dream like landscape of structures and objects. His structures create an atmospheric mise-en-scene of narrative fragments abstracted from familiar social spaces, such as car parks and underpasses.