Thinking outside the box about boxes

The aptly named,The Box, at Arbeit gallery in east London, is the culmination of the architect’s study of the six-sided shape.

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The exhibition of prints, showing his considerations about actions that can be played out upon and modify the everyday cube, opens on Friday.

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Martin says, ‘The cube is worked with a lot within architecture as a minimal form. You can play with the form; break it, cut it, act on it, to make more space and bring in light. I wanted to see how actions, that aren’t those of architecture, work on the cube.’

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In doing so, Martin has created a graphic language of 200 boxes, each representing a verb in a tounge-in-cheek manner. Twenty will be on display at the event, reflecting actions of the likes of ‘to cultimate’, ‘to automate’, ‘to peel’ and ‘to crown’.

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The Box will run from 13 January – 20 January at Arbeit, 4 Helmet Row, London EC1V

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