South likes: Helen Marten at Sadie Coles, London

Helen Marten, Oreo St. James, 2014, installation view, Sadie Coles

Helen Marten, Oreo St. James, 2014, installation view, Sadie Coles

South likes: Helen Marten at Sadie Coles, London
Oreo St. James
Sadie Coles, London, United Kingdom
29 January – 15 March, 2014

With an innovative perspective on norms and boundaries set by the present-day idea of habitat, Helen Marten produces a series of assemblage sculptures that recall standardised domestic environments. The sculptures, balancing between the notions of familiar household objects and the physicality of human forms, challenge the viewer to re-think the idea of the model as an essential tool of organisation. Eight vivid paintings screen-printed on leather complement the exhibition. A sequence of images that seem to be drawn from surreal dreamscapes, contrasts the stillness of the three-dimensional works. The viewer stands before a thought-provoking approach to the visual chaos characterizing modern life – in the end, Oreo St. James might just be a parallel realm or imaginary location where brand names and objects dissolve in Marten’s monumental sculptural pieces and psychedelic paintings.

Marina Maniadaki

http://www.sadiecoles.com/artists-web-app/marten

09 Helen Marten, Guild of Pharmacists, 2014, Oreo St. James, Sadie Coles

Helen Marten, Guild of Pharmacists, 2014, Oreo St. James, Sadie Coles

10 Helen Marten, Mr Allied, 2014, Oreo St. James, installation view, Sadie Coles

Helen Marten, Mr Allied, 2014, Oreo St. James, installation view, Sadie Coles

11 Helen Marten, A.M. Stew, 2014, Oreo St. James, Sadie Coles

Helen Marten, A.M. Stew, 2014, Oreo St. James, Sadie Coles

12 Helen Marten, Oreo St. James, 2014, installation view, Sadie Coles

Helen Marten, Oreo St. James, 2014, installation view, Sadie Coles

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