turner prize 2011: martin boyce
dec 06, 2011
turner prize 2011: martin boyce

‘do words have voices’ by martin boyce 
installation view at gateshead gallery
all images courtesy of galerie eva presenhuber

glasgow-based sculptor martin boyce has been named the 2011 turner prize winner of the year.
the artist beat out fellow shortlisted nominees karla black (sculptor), hilary lloyd (video artist) and george shaw (painter)
for the UK’s most prestigious art award.

a large constructivist library desk made from industrial materials stands as the monumental focus of the installation

boyce works in large-scale, producing site-specific works that combine
elements of the urban landscape with interior design.
offering viewers
atmospheric sculptural installations, these environments which he
produces reference design history,
through a constructivist-to-decorative
aesthetic, which are formed through a repeating palette of patterns.
the artist’s three-dimensional
graphic language is an exploration of the built environment, our
surrounding landscape,
and the mundane everyday things we pass through.

the ceiling features a repeating pattern of forms

each year the turner prize is judged by an independent jury.
chaired by
penelope curtis, director tate britain, the jury for the turner prize
2011 was comprised of:
katrina brown, director, the common guild,
vasif kortun, SALT, istanbul;
nadia schneider, freelance
and godfrey worsdale, director, BALTIC centre for contemporary

an exhibition of the four shortlisted 2011 turner prize nominees is
currently on show at baltic gallery,
gateshead, UK
until january 8th, 2012.

you can follow the turner prize year by year here.


video courtesy of channel 4 news

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

turner prize (7 articles)

product library