Martin Boyle

Sock Rat Tease, 2021

Laser engraved gold mirror acrylic

42cm x 29.7cm

Courtesy of the artist

Martin Boyle was born in 1982, in Donegal, he now lives and works in Belfast. He completed a Masters of Fine Art in 2008 at the University Of Ulster, Belfast, and a BA in Sculpture from the Limerick School of Art and Design. 

Recent Solo exhibitions include NO:TIME, MCAC, Portadown (2020), 'Snap!', Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (2016), Human body' accident, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015) and Everyting's Connected, Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo (2014), Recent group exhibitions include Home: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland, The Glucksman, Cork (2021); Urgencies, CCA, Derry/Londonderry (2021), UK MAW, Middlesbrough, UK (2018) and  ART WORKS, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

Boyle works across diverse mediums, his conceptual art includes installation, sculpture, photography, video, and site-specific pieces. He appropriates readymade objects and found images that are temporarily assembled into a specific form with the potential to be pulled apart and reassembled as something else. This gives an instability in his artwork, which leaves the works open-ended and capable of assuming different meanings.

This piece, Sock Rat Tease, is comprised of what the artist describes as two love letters to the Greek philosopher Socrates, who claimed no knowledge whatsoever, but chased it all the same.