I came across this artist while surfing some blogs...
Chilean artist, Livia Marin, is exhibiting at House of Propellers in London, England
from October 9 - November 7, 2009, curated by Cecilia Brunson.
From the House of Propellers website:
“Broken Things” highlights the meticulous work of Livia Marin, a process–oriented approach,
which appropriates mass-produced and mass-consumed objects, turning them into precious
and uniquely, handcrafted art objects. For this exhibition, Marin finely sculpts everyday
objects – cups, bowls jars and plates – modeled with ruptures, splits and crevices. The
fractures represent fatality and loss, but in repairing and keeping the object she stresses the
relationship of care and continuation. Surreality and repetition are important procedures in
the artist's work, creating a mechanization of the intimate relationship we have with objects
of everyday use.
What also fills these pieces with a unique essence is a printed ‘Willow Pattern’.
This Willow Pattern, copied from fine hand-painted Chinese pottery was manufactured in
the UK using transfer prints signaling a transformation to industrial mass–production. Marin
plays with the dignity and uniqueness of the original –but also with its dissemination into
universal consciousness via industrialization. In the artists own words “I see my work as
situated within a more formal Minimalist agenda. Equally, however, I would want to extend
that agenda to include the more ‘impure’ aspects of things that have been handled and used
bearing a trace of a social history.”
Livia Marin was born in 1973 in Chile; she lives and works in London. Trained as a sculptor,
Marin earned her MFA from Universidad de Chile. She is currently completing her
MPhill/PhD in Arts at Goldsmith College, University of London. Recent exhibitions include
“El lugar de lo invisible”, Sala Gasco, Santiago, Chile; “Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous
Transformation of Everyday Objects”, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon, USA (2008);
“Poetics of the Handmade”, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, USA,
“Maximinimalist”, Institute of Visual Arts (Inova), Milwaukee, USA (2007); “Multiplication”. Museum of
Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile (2006); “IV Bienal MERCOSUR”, Puerto Alegre, Brasil (2003). Marin was nominated on five occasions to the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONDART), Government of Chile.
Cecilia Brunson is an independent curator based between London, New York and Santiago.
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