Bureau at Frieze
Regent's Park, London
October 11 - 14 2012
preview: October 10
Frame Section, booth R12
Matt Hoyt, Untitled (Group 87), 2012, Wooden shelf with acrylic support containing 5 component objects comprised of some or all of the following: Various putties, wire, clay, polymer clay, paper clay, acrylic, tempera and spray paint, 1 x 14 x 6.5 inches (2.54 x 35.56 x 16.51 cm)
Bureau is pleased to announce its participation at Frieze London where we will present a solo project by artist Matt Hoyt for the Frame section of the fair.
Matt Hoyt creates particular arrangements of tiny sculptures that are often first mistaken for found objects. Small, fascinating pieces rest in resonant compositions in groups of two, three or larger numbers. The works quickly reveal themselves as minute, hand-made pieces that defy resemblance or categorization. The artist sculpts each work very slowly, sometimes over many years, inventing abstract volumes while fusing and manipulating a variety of substances. Time plays a central role, as a complex history of the works’ own timeline of construction and contemplation is folded into the pieces.
Diverse forms – from domed helices or smooth tubular shapes to the most unassuming tiny knobs and shards – are built up by many layers of clays, resins, putties and other malleable materials. Subtle colours and a range of textures and grains are meticulously worked, often leaving a rough-hewn quality. The viewer is presented with a kind of psychic strangeness transmitted from each piece, only intensified by the artist’s carefully considered compositions and amalgams, specifically arranged on variously sized and coloured substrates, which sit atop modest shelves.
Matt Hoyt (b. 1975, Mount Kisco, NY) received his BFA in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts. Selected exhibitions include a solo show at Bureau, New York (2012) and group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); ‘Addicted to Highs and Lows’, Bortolami, New York (2011); ‘Greater New York’, MoMA PS1, New York (2010); the White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (2009). 'On Top of the Whale', Mitchell Algus (2009); and 'Escalator to Common Art' with Mark Yetter at Dispatch (2008).
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