Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

29 Sep 2016 to 20 Nov 2016

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House

Admission Free

The Serpentine presented a major exhibition of new work by London-based artist Helen Marten (b. 1985, Macclesfield, UK) who won both the 2016 Turner Prize and the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize.

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Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery brought together work never before presented in London with new work in an installation that was conceived specifically in relation to the Gallery.  Combining sculpture, text and screen-printed paintings, Marten’s practice comprises images and objects, often playing with two and three-dimensionality. Her installations employ visual and linguistic ambiguity in order to explore the potential for misinterpretation and misunderstanding.

Marten’s sculptural installations often serve as repositories for disparate material combinations, resulting in an exhibition that called into question our changing relationship to the readymade. Underscored by a process of collaged abstraction, her assemblages resonate with associative meaning.  Creating a string of hieroglyphs or a kind of archaeological anagram, the work’s encrypted sequences are nevertheless driven by their own internal logic.

Marten says:

“I’m really interested in the point at which things become husked down to geometric memories of themselves, where a house, for instance, a pair of legs or a cat could be communicated with huge economy and speed via just a few lines. The vector can become a mechanism of delivery. As incorporated extensions, even a simple nod towards a shape that might be reminiscent of a readymade form is quite literally a vocaliser of external things – an agent of the world outside art-making. And this is the point where you can use recognisable authority, the obstinate fact of a universally existent thing – an arm, a teapot, an alphabet – and extricate it from its own sense of intentionality.”

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Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House

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Exhibition Catalogue published on the occasion of Helen Marten's exhibition Drunk Brown House at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Untitled (Helen Marten Limited Edition)

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Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House film

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Helen Marten - 2

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 3

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 4

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 5

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 6

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 7

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter
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Helen Marten - 8

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House; Installation View, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (29 September – 20 November 2016); Photo © Annik Wetter