2009

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Martin Westwood


Exhibition Dates: 14 – 31 October 2009
Martin Westwood often works with mass-produced materials collected from the corporate environment – photocopies, carpet tiles, vinyl stickers and newspapers – which he transforms to form the highly crafted components for his installations. Westwood’s images and objects construct fictions that expose a strangely familiar, yet faded, human environment, which recalls the idealised corporate imagery of the 1980s. His complex sculptural installations are concerned with the investigation of how spaces impact on human behaviour from both social and psychological perspectives.

Continuing to develop the subtle relationship with the space in which he shows, Westwood used the specific architectural features of the atrium of Bloomberg SPACE while responding to its functional context. For his new commission, several sculptural elements were set in tension with a short video sequence, shown on a single screen.

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About: Martin Westwood
(b.Sheffield, England 1969) lives and works in London.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.