The work of Marman and Borins is often intervention based - situating the visual arts within the context of everyday life, while simultaneously referring to aspects of the history of twentieth century art. Marman and Borins fashion these interventions as propositions on the status of the contemporary avant-garde. Their projects identify tensions that arise in the politicization, historicization, and visuality of the artwork, often within the context of mass visual language, mass media, consumerism, and with an eye toward revisionism upon certain issues pertaining to the historicization of twentieth century art. Marman and Borins have been making large-format sculpture, mixed media, installation and electronic art since 2000. Intervening upon institutional and public spaces, their work often contextualizes visual art squarely within everyday life while simultaneously referring to and reassessing twentieth century art history: its utopias, polemics, and formal one-upmanship. Concurrently, their work discusses contemporary museum modalities within the context of ideological stances levelled by globalized market forces. In doing so, Marman and Borins expose the tensions arising between the historicity, formalism and politicization of the artwork to produce new meanings from them.
Marman and Borins’ work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, The University of Toronto, the City of Toronto, and York University.
Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.
— Bryan Lawson
— Bryan Lawson
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