Martin Soto Climent
2012, Mixed media installation
Martin Soto Climent works with the secret animism of found objects.The poignant spaces of the Hammam el-Ein inspired him to play with the limits of the space as if it were a body divided by its own architectural skin from the rest of the city.
Soto Climent uses objects that are natural containers: inner tubes, plastic bags, balloons, birds cages, frames, and even the architectural space where he install the pieces. He approaches these limits as if they were the guardians of an intimate substance. Air, Water, Earth, and Light, essential elements that metaphysically unify the manifestation of matter, are together but divided in this work. With simple gestures, they separate the same territories that elements unify.
Martin Soto Climent studied and taught at the school of industrial design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Since 2006 he has had no specific residency. His work is a process of conceptualisation and execution related to the specific sites of his exhibitions, incorporating in most of them objects found during his travels, altered into new forms of signification through simple gestures. Solo shows include The Equation of Desire, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, 2012; The Bright of the Whisper, Kunstraum Innsbruck, 2012; La Alcoba Doble, T293, Napoles and Rome, 2012; and Vacio Contenido, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, 2007. Selected group shows include A Disagreeable Object, Sculpture Center, New York, 2012; Emerge Selections, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2011; ‘Une idée, une Forme, un Être - Poésie / Politique du corporel’, Migros Museum, Zurich, 2010; 'Between Spaces', MoMA P.S.1, New York, 2008.