A contemporary Mexican artist, Martín Soto Climent transforms everyday items into works of art through minimal gestures of recontextualization and balance. Composed of houshold items and vintage clothing, his simple-yet-fragile arrangements call to mind the cheeky readymades of Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists, André Breton and the Surrealists.
Martín Soto Climent is born in 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico where he currently lives and works. He has a Industrial Design Degree and a Master Degree in Visual Arts from UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. His works have been included in a range of shows all over the world, including Rome, Marseille, London, Cologne, Innsbruck, Zurich, Los Angeles, and New York.
Soto Ciment creates objects, installations, sculptures and photographs sourcing materials and imagery from the quotidian. Sourcing materials and images mainly from city streets or urban suburbs, he uses art strategies like appropriation and juxtaposition through re-contextualization and delicate rearrangement to create works that explore questions of temporality, desire, decay and marginality. His interventions into everyday objects are occasionally temporary, and these works often feature objects that can be returned to their original state. His works created from vintage clothes are often imbued with sexual tension. He seeks to unleash and share the invisible energy, already present.
Featured image: Martín Soto Climent - Azul - Rehilete, 2016 (detail). Jeans on canvas. 55 1/10 × 55 1/10 in. 140 × 140 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin