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Low Temperature Civics, 2018

Resin, Jesmonite, hemp candle wick, patinated bronze, iron, Biro ink, newspaper crossword, powder coated steel
Each edition is unique and handmade by the artist
Edition of 12
60 x 43 x 12 cm (Dimensions variable)

£15,000

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Chisenhale Gallery presents a special limited edition artwork by Helen Marten, as part of the gallery’s Archive Editions series.

The Archive Editions series comprises new limited edition works, kindly donated by artists who have participated in Chisenhale Gallery’s historic exhibitions programme. Funds raised from the sales of these works contribute to the gallery’s artistic programme and support the next generation of pioneering artists.

Helen Marten works across sculpture, painting and writing to create a body of work that questions the stability of the material world and our place within it. Alluding to language, systems and intentionality, her work across all media sets out to imagine the miraculous substructure beneath the veneer of our habitual lives.  In 2012, Chisenhale Gallery presented Plank Salad, Marten’s first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.

Exclusively produced for Chisenhale Gallery, Low Temperature Civics continues Marten’s exploration of the lexicon of materiality and imagery. A careful assemblage of entirely hand crafted elements, Low Temperature Civics initially appears as a compressed archaeology of familiar words, images and things, only to become an allegory of the real, the artificial and the poetic.

“Candle wax might be analogous to the cruel plastic skin of humans: every second it is lit, it grows fundamentally shorter, it wilts, softens and eventually puddles out. 

The light of a candle flame is hot and fleeting. It illuminates, but is a paradox in the sense of destroying the medium which facilitates its glow. 

Bronze is a heavy weight, literally heavyweight. It is an alloy and contains phosphorus, the same material used on the tip of a match head. Bronze is dense, a dumb weight, and yet it can be polished to a shine: it is light, a bright metal.

A handled golf ball carries the smudged thumb print of its player. It’s disappearance out across space is tied to forensic evidence. The elastic tendencies of its making allow for abuse: it can be pummelled, bounced, smashed across greens. A ball may be lost forever or plot competing vectors until it cracks and is thrown away. 

The egg, approximate in size and shade, is a contradictory form. If pinched too hard, if dropped or damaged it spills forth a cool bright yolk saturated with colour and protein. The egg is a life appendage, a still life, but equally life stilled: a death signifier. 

A jug can be full. A jug can be empty. It’s basic volume carries intrinsic metaphor; it is a litmus test, a vessel, a portent to attitude. 

These competitive rhythms of structural irony are ones that might be considered applicable to the crazed tilt of the world’s current affairs: that one metaphorical weight, one linguistic utterance barely balances another before the sum total falls once again into disarray. “

Helen Marten, 2018

Helen Marten (b. 1985, Macclesfield, UK) lives and works in London. She was awarded the 2016 Turner Prize, and the inaugural 2016 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. She was also the recipient of the LUMA Prize (2012) and the Prix Lafayette (2011).

Recent solo exhibitions include: Drunk Brown House, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2016); Eucalyptus, let us in, Greene Naftali, New York (2016); Parrot Problems, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Oreo St. James, Sadie Coles HQ, London (all 2014); No borders in a wok that can’t be crossed, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA (2013); Plank Salad, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Evian Disease, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Almost the exact shape of Florida, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (all 2012). Selected group shows include Second Nature, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016) and both the 55th and 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013 and 2015); Meanwhile...Suddenly, and Then, Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2013); New Pictures Common Objects, MoMA PS1, New York (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include Koenig Galerie, Berlin and Castello Di Rivoli, Turin.

Marten’s work can be found in public collections including Tate Collection, London; Arts Council Collection, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; K11 Art Foundation (KAF), Hong Kong; Manchester Art Gallery; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway and the Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, UK.

 

Helen Marten is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London; Greene Naftali, New York; and Koenig Galerie, Berlin.

 

  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    Julia Schouten at SUTTON on +44 (0)20 7183 3577 or julias@suttonpr.com
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk