• I've always been drawn to abandoned structures, places that retain traces of earlier incarnations. In recent work, I explore notions of queer time and space, responding initially to the writing of David Wojnarowicz and his descriptions of cruising ruined warehouses on New York's waterfront in the late 70s and early 80s. I wondered whether through fissures in the temporal and physical fabric of the built environment, I could access the collective force of a community that was obscured by the onslaught of AIDS, to reframe personal experiences as a way of deconstructing oppressive and internalised narratives ingrained in our collective consciousness. 

  • Graham Martin
    C and the Garden of Earthly Delights, 2021
    Acrylic and oil on canvas, image transfer on ply hoarding with brass hinges, brass handles, steel lock and palisander stool with brass
    Dimensions variable
    GBP 6,000 plus applicable taxes
  • In Three Portals (A Portal (i), (ii) and (iii)) (2021), for example, I create my own archaeological relics taken from places where men met for sex. Resembling fragments of ancient Greek pottery, these works are intended as invitations to enter lost queer utopias. Penny For Your Thoughts? (2021) is a brass coin operated public toilet door lock, used across the UK until the early 1970s. As much as it is a beautiful object in itself, I want it to serve as a device for discussion - to ensure that the legislation which criminalised sexual activity between men and its impact today, is understood and part of our common history. 

  • Graham Martin
    Three Portals (A Portal (i), (ii) and (iii))
    Image transfer on found sink fragments
    Overall: 47 x 112 x 23 cm | 18 1/2 x 44 3/32 x 9 1/16 in.
    GBP 550 per fragment, plus applicable taxes
  • Graham Martin
    Three Portals, 2020
    Acrylic and image transfer on canvas with brass hinges
    Overall: 160 x 260 cm | 63 x 102.36 in.
    GBP 3,800 plus applicable taxes
  • Graham Martin
    Penny for your thoughts?, 2021
    Decommissioned brass coin-operated public toilet door lock and one penny coins dated 1885—1967
    39 x 14 x 9 cm | 15 23/64 x 5 33/64 x 3 35/64 in.
    Price upon enquiry
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