Martin Wieland Enclosed Shapes I, Perspex, Paper and Box Construction

Very little is known about Martin Wieland. He is an artist that built fantastic constructions and exhibited them internationally for a decade before falling off the radar. He painted large oils on canvas as well as these futuristic constructions made of perspex and painted board. These box constructions use light and shadow to change how they are perceived, the light of a room and the viewers position changing how the work looks in different lights. At a time when art was becoming kinetic and perspex these would have been radically new works at their time of exhibition and other artists of that era in Structurist movement of the 60s and 70s were Mary Martin, Hartmut Böhm and Victor Pasmore.

In 1936 ICI Acrylics began the first commercially viable production of acrylic safety glass. During World War II both Allied and Axis forces used acrylic glass for submarine periscopes and aircraft windshields, canopies, and gun turrets. Civilian applications followed after the war. It wasn’t until the end of the 1960s that the material was available in a useable quality that wasn’t limited to cheap greenhouses. These panels are fused together to give the quality of reeded glass.

This box is signed on the verso.

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