Helen Marten

Koenig Books and Serpentine Galleries

298 × 212 mm, 224pp


‘I’m really interested in the point at which things become husked down to geometric memories of themselves, where a house, for instance, a pair of legs or a cat could be communicated with huge economy and speed via just a few lines. The vector can become a mechanism of delivery. As incorporated extensions, even a simple nod towards a shape that might be reminiscent of a readymade form is quite literally a vocaliser of external things – an agent of the world outside art-making. And this is the point where you can use recognisable authority, the obstinate fact of a universally existent thing – an arm, a teapot, an alphabet – and extricate it from its own sense of intentionality.’ (Helen Marten)

Published to coincide with the exhibition Drunk Brown House at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 29 September – 20 November 2016.