Martin Boyce

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
10, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers
May 25–August 5, 2007

Curated by Katya García-Anton

Martin Boyce’s shape-shifting art brings back the ghosts of modernism: battered replicas of Eames cabinets; nighttime city scenes evoked in sketchy, shadowy installations of chain-link fences next to trees made from fluorescent tubing; noirish phrases such as OVER YOUR SHOULDER glimmering on the walls in a Saul Bass–esque font. This show, the Scottish artist’s most extensive to date, is loosely inspired by Haruki Murakami’s hallucinatory novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997). It immerses visitors in a series of six large installations featuring fragments of the built urban environment, such as fences, phone booths, and air vents. Don’t expect nostalgia, though: An engineer of atmospheres that encourage one to dream amid distorted urban wreckage, Boyce poeticizes rather than mourns the tides of obsolescence, the inevitability of change.