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Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House

In 2016 the Serpentine presented a major exhibition of new work by London-based artist Helen Marten (b. 1985, Macclesfield, UK) who won both the 2016 Turner Prize and the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize.

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery brought together work never before presented in London with new work in an installation that was conceived specifically in relation to the Gallery. Combining sculpture, text and screen-printed paintings, Marten's practice comprises images and objects, often playing with two and three­ dimensionality. Her installations employ visual and linguistic ambiguity in order to explore the potential for misinterpretation and misunderstanding.

Marten's sculptural installations often serve as repositories for disparate material combinations, resulting in an exhibition that called into question our changing relationship to the readymade. Underscored by a process of collaged abstraction, her assemblages resonate with associative meaning. Creating a string of hieroglyphs or a kind of archaeological anagram, the work's encrypted sequences are nevertheless driven by their own internal logic.

The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £7,000 towards this exhibition and its associated catalogue.

Helen Marten: Drunk Brown House was exhibited at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 29 September 2016 - 20 November 2016. For more information see

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