Marten’s installations are meticulously assembled resulting in elaborate sculptural displays that play with the viewer’s perception of what is both familiar and unknown. Her practice comprises of images and objects, often slipping between two and three-dimensionality. Working with sculpture, text, and screen-printed paintings, Marten’s installations utilise the contrasts between language and image in order to explore the potential for error, misalignment and perversion within objects of our everyday environments.
Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will include new work as well as installations that have never before been presented in London. Her sculptural installations, both wall and floor pieces, often serve as repositories for more dissected material combinations, resulting into an exhibition that calls into question our changing relationship to the readymade. Underscored by a process of collaged abstraction, Marten’s assemblages resonate with associative meaning. Her assembled works create a string of hieroglyphs or a kind of archaeological anagram: their encrypted sequences present short bursts of mood and logic.