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Satellite TV

Satellite TV, 2019 - Helen Marten

Satellite TV, 2019

Helen Marten  

Print, Work on paper
60 x 40 cm / 23.62 x 15.75 inch
Edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Nine-color lithograph on 300 g Somerset Satin Paper
  • This work is unframed
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about this work

Helen Marten works across sculpture, painting, and writing to create a body of work that questions the stability of the material world and our place within it. Alluding to language, systems, and intentionality, her work across all media sets out to imagine the miraculous substructure beneath the veneer of our habitual lives.In her edition Satellite TV, luminous colors set apart the characters at the center ofwhat appears to be a theatrical scene. The edition is based on a drawing that Marten digitally decomposed into six basic colors and translated back into a work of graphic art by lithographing one painted layer after another. The analog technique endows each print with tiny irregularities and fingerprints, painterly traces of the printing process that breathe the same life into the figures that distinguishes the Turner Prize-winning artist’s works. A boy on the left edge of the picture is extending his clenched fist toward the three other figures in an ambiguous gesture. Is he angry, or trying to hand them something? Is he a spectator, or involved in what is happening? We cannot tell. His posture brings the ancient device of teichoscopy to mind, in which a messenger relates events that are invisible to the spectators. Yet he is also inserting himself into the action, breaching the theater’s traditional fourth wall. Large eyes and open mouths – we can almost overhear their murmurs – frames the scene and underscores its dramatic quality.

about Helen Marten

Helen Marten uses sculpture, screen printing and her own writing to produce installations that are full of references, from the contemporary to the historical, and the everyday to the enigmatic. Her collage-like gatherings of objects and images have a playful intent, creating poetic visual puzzles that seem to invite us into a game or riddle.

Marten encourages us to look very closely at the items she makes and the materials she uses, and to reconsider the images and objects we surround ourselves with in the modern world.

(courtesy of Tate)

Helen Marten’s solo exhibitions include Serpentine Sackler Galleries, London; Hepworth Wakefield; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunshalle Zurich; and Fridericianum, Kassel. Recent group exhibitions include the 55th Venice Biennale; Lyon Biennale; MoMA PS1, New York; Museion, Bolzano; and Les Abattoirs, Toulouse.

Helen Marten has been awarded the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture and the Turner Prize in 2016, and has previously received the Lafayette Prize in 2011 and the LUMA Foundation Award in 2012.

Helen Marten is represented by the following galleries;
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König Galerie, Berlin

Sadie Coles HQ, London 

Greene Naftali, New York 

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