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In 2005 British visual artist Martin Westwood reviewed his most notable projects to date, from his early drawings, in which he painstakingly reproduced images distorted through the process of photocopying, to his three exhibitions at The Approach Gallery, London. Sequences of images allow the reader an overview of his two major installations, ‘Angelus Novus’ and ‘fatfinger [HAITCH . KAI . EKS.]’ in which he recreated a school nursery and an office space, respectively, as a way of exploring issues around the environments we grow up and work in. An essay by writer and critic JJ Charlesworth provides a deeper understanding of the artist’s work as a whole.
Martin Westwood’s projects investigate the state of contemporary capitalist society, with a recurring focus on themes of bureaucracy, commerce, economy and corporate culture. Creating complex systems of codes and symbols that incorporate and reference familiar objects – such as balloons, magazines, map pins and invoice sheets, artificially decomposed and then reconstructed – his art works vary in scale and format from large-scale installations to paintings and multi-layered collages.
Designed by Jason Beard, the book is an extensive and up-to-date visual summary of Westwood’s oeuvre.
Martin Westwood was born in Sheffield in 1969 and obtained an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London, after his BA in the same subject at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Westwood investigates social and psychological spaces through sculptural installation, making reference to commercial culture and the role economics has on our lives. He is known for using corporate props and materials such as newspapers, carpet tiles and paperclips as components of his large-scale installations.
Recent solo exhibitions include Blind Eyes Turning, The Approach, London, 1999; fatfinger (HAITCH, KAY, EKS), Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2003; Angelus Novus, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004; Art Now Project Space, Tate Britain, 2005 and Silt Inter Lace, The Approach, London, 2008. Recent group exhibitions Heart and Soul, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, 2000; The Galleries Show, Royal Academy, London, 2002; Metropolis Rise, Shanghai and 798 Space, Beijing, 2006 and Prospects and Interiors: Recent Acquisitions of Sculptors’ Drawings, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, 2008.
The artist lives and works in London.