Martin Boyle’s work applies to now and here, responding to wherever he is when he gets the idea to make some encounter into a work of art. Not only is the poetry of the real evoked, it is made to be tangible, present, testable. The artist takes on a responsibility described by Nietzsche as “repairing the world”.
Boyle assembles images and objects in a playful and performative manner. The bechance images he takes play on the line between objective and subjective, familiar and unfamiliar. The concept of the work often ties into the process of the encounter, with the potential for things to be read in other ways, or be revealed differently under different conditions.
The work realised as conceptual interventions, reflects human behaviour in society, making connections between things by identifying patterns, sequences, and rhythms in the subject matter he sees.
Delivered with dry humour, titles deliberately depart from the real towards the made up. Misspelt words, bad grammar and puns are often used to springboard the imagination into other possibilities of thinking. His images can appear at times to look computer manipulated, generating doubt to what has been found, and what has been fabricated by the artist.
The mugs of eternal life (2013 - ) - Martin Boyle (UK/IRL)
From the artist’s series of projects Connections which appropriates and adapts the imagery created by individuals for social media and online commerce. An exploration of some repeated motifs of posing, props, expressions discovered in one specific genre of self-portraits in online social media, drawing unexpected parallels from between such imagery and the pious facial expressions commonly used in portrait scenes featured on religious commercial souvenirs, prints and iconography. Developed and fabricated using digital laser-cutting tools at FabLab Belfast.