Simon Martin is currently working toward a major new film UR Feeling, which will be the third part of a trilogy including Carlton (2006) and Louis Ghost Chair (2012). The film will be divided into chapters and part of the opening scene will form the focus of Martin’s project for JERUSALEM. Over the course of the residency, Martin will explore the fixtures and fittings of two masterpieces of architectural modernism by Marcel Breuer and Serge Chermayeff. In tandem with this research, Martin has developed an animated rendering of an 18th century brass doorknob which will be played during the project’s closing meal in London on Sunday 7th April. Through these gestures, Martin will propose the artefact as a temporal threshold of some kind, a portal into past and future alike.
Simon Martin (b.1965) is interested in how we understand ourselves through social structures, mythologies and collective memory evidenced in objects, mass media and the built environment. Employing various strategies of appropriation the work takes the form of moving image and installation. Martin is currently showing at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK. He has previously exhibited at Camden Art Centre, London, 2012; Kunstverein, Amsterdam, NL, 2010; Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2008, and Tate Britain, London, 2008. His work was included in the British Art Show 7, 2011.
Untitled is commissioned as part of JERUSALEM. Chapter III is kindly supported by The Elephant Trust.
Taking the form of collective journeys, JERUSALEM is an ongoing project that commissions artists to make work informed by, housed within or seeking alliance with selected architectural sites across the UK. The third chapter of JERUSALEM takes place from 6 to 7 April, 2013. Participating artists are: Becky Beasley, Simon Martin and Ursula Mayer.