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Martin Soto Climent

Martin Soto Climent

Martin Soto Climent (b. 1977 in Mexico, DF) lives and works in Tepoztlan, Mexico. In his work he recontextualizes found material into surrealist-inspired poetic objects. Lampshades, hats, spoons or gloves carry the history and meaning of their previous life but at the same time are transformed into magical arrangements of immense beauty.

Utilizing strategies of appropriation and assemblage Soto Climent rearranges his material with a delicate touch and poetic wit. His Tights on Canvas have become a seminal work series and capture the essence of how the artist plays with recontextualisation, conveying intimate and erotic subtones while challenging the traditional media of painting and sculpture. Similarly, in his photography Soto Climent uses images from old magazines and by folding, bending, distorting the pages creates new imagery that is filled with subtones of nostalgia and the notion that life and death form an inseparable cycle.

In 2013 Soto Climent founded the independent project space Lulu together with curator Chris Sharp in Mexico City. He’s had solo shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Hassel Museum New York and Kunstmuseum Morsbroich, such as group shows at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Kunsthalle Vienna, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, amongst others.

INSTALLATIONS VIEWS

Martin Soto Climent
I miss my Thread
Karma International, Zurich
2012
Martin Soto Climent
In the Shadow of an Invisible Thread
Hessel Museum of Art
2019
Martin Soto Climent
The Skin of the Apple
Karma International, Zurich
2019
Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger

VIDEOS

PRESS

sculpture
December 2018

Mousse Magazine
August 2016

Frieze
2016

artnet news
September 2015

ArtReview
January 2014

Mousse Magazine
September 2012

Frieze
2012

NZZ
August 2012

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