Matt Pine


Stack by Matt Pine
Stack by Matt Pine
Stack by Matt Pine

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When Matt Pine arrived in England in 1963 he found the explosion of fashion, painting, design, music and sculpture in 1960s London a liberating experience. Through his work with cut, painted and assembled industrial steel, Anthony Caro had established a whole new centre of creative energy in British sculpture which usurped priority from the carving-and-modelling, truth-to-materials aesthetic of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Pine himself, however, was more interested in the diversity of sculptural thought he encountered through Americans such as Robert Morris, Robert Smithson and Dan Flavin, and British artists like Philip King and William Tucker who were already working in reaction to Caro. Pine's travel notebooks from these days are busy inventories of things and materials stacked, rolled, leant, folded, pivoted, tilted and jointed. Since that time he has seemed to create his works from an overpopulated universe of physical structures and sculptural grammar. To ideas gleaned from Minimalism and Process Art, he has continually added rich information from Polynesian and Mäori design - kite skeletons, canoe design and fortified earthworks. Sprayed red, black and white - often read as a traditional Mäori colour scheme - Stack owes much to the Minimalist language of series, multiples and industrial materials. More akin to giant-size toy blocks on the gallery floor, Stack's playful theatricality is, however, something else. (from The Guide, 2001)

Production date
lacquered steel
1263 x 650 x 1134 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1998
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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