Tolbooth is the venue for Alice Martin’s first solo exhibition ‘CTRL C’, the exhibition is an exploration of digital copies through the use and manipulation of open data.
Martin’s practice involves creating 3D remixes of original works, focusing on information relating to heritage, archaeology, Classicism and Art history. For this exhibition, Martin has created a new body of work based on a range of museum and gallery pieces from a number of online archives. The original works are transformed and curated in order to showcase an altered collection.
The exhibition consists of various 3D outputs that have been reworked from existing material, the recreations allow new meanings to be formed. The artist is attracted by the idea of displaying works outside of formal institutions. Martin has selected a bust of Monsignor Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo, held by National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, as the starting point to her exhibition. A dialogue surrounding the sitter’s nephew, Cassiano dal Pozzo, who commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to carve the portrait, is focused upon. His role as collector and patron to the arts is reflected in Martin’s installation of 3D printed sculptures.
Inspired by a series of Jasper ware busts from the British Museum the artist has also created four large-scaled banners. The banners each contain a 3D rendering of a stone head, from prehistoric Scotland, and an architectural column. The presentation of the sculptural heads puts into question how we value artefacts.
A selection of 3D printed Roman fragments can be found as well. Martin has converted several 2D public domain images to produce the physical objects. In using additive manufacturing, the fragments might seem familiar, but the materiality of the pieces generate a renewed response. The underlying connection throughout the exhibition is not solely of time or place, but rather of the notion of the individual.
Alice Martin (b. 1993) resides and works in Stirlingshire. Group shows include Brochtober, Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness; Crafting the Future Discovery Day, The Engine Shed, Stirling; Gone Fishing, DOK Artist Space, Edinburgh; RSA Open Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; They Had Four Years, GENERATORprojects, Dundee, (Commission/selected artist, Supported by the Hope Scott Trust); Fitz 3D Challenge, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and New Generation Show 2017, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, (Invited artist). Martin is a Committee Member of the art collective GOSSIP (Graduate Opportunities Supporting Sustained Independent Practice), based in Stirling. She is also a graduate of Gray’s School of Art (2017) and has recently finished her MLitt in Archaeological Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This project has been supported by Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Forth Valley and West Lothian, and Gossip Collective.
Sources used consist of Scan the World, Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sketchfab, Open Virtual Worlds and Musée Saint-Raymond.