In Metrics, Patricia L Boyd presents a new series of sculptures commissioned by Modern Art Oxford. She explores the everyday spaces in which we work and live, making particular reference to the often tense relationship between artist’s studio spaces and the powerful influence of the commercial property market.
The sculptures, veneered with a 5mm layer of timber lifted from the floor of Boyd’s current studio, closely resemble furniture in cafes and offices in the area surrounding her current place of work in central London – a building temporarily consigned as studios for artists.
The texture of the floor is engrained with the pockmarks and paint stains – evidence of the artist at work, and chimes with the current fashion for ‘up-cycled’ interior design featured in offices, shops and cafes.
The surface of the floor is decorated with the remnants of materials used and discarded by the studio’s previous artist occupants, each of them a temporary placeholder for prime real estate in the process of redevelopment.
Patricia L Boyd
Patricia L Boyd lives and works in London. Forthcoming exhibitions for 2014 include a two-person exhibition at YEARS, Copenhagen (with Rachal Bradley), group exhibitions at Gasworks, London, and Steirischer Herbst, Graz. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Metrics’, Primary Work Surface, New York (2014), ‘Ovum’, ohi0, Glasgow (2013); ‘The Pull’, The Vanity, Los Angeles (2012); and an event, ‘Nudes’, at Cubitt Gallery, London (2013). Last year Boyd participated in the 12th Lyon Biennale and was awarded a Frieze Film commission. Boyd previously edited publishing project Benedictions, through which she curated 'Greens', an exhibition for the vitrines at The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013).