The Daily Pic

02.06.12

Flyweight Knockouts

The Daily Pic: Matt Hoyt's tiny objects stack up against modernist monuments

This “shelf sculpture” by Matt Hoyt is from his show at Bureau gallery on New York’s Lower East Side. What I like about this work is that it seems to have all the weight and ambition of the best modernist sculpture, but concentrated into the smallest possible package. Famous sculptors – Henry Moore, David Smith – sometimes worked small, but those pieces always felt like reductions of objects always meant to be big. These five little objects by Hoyt, which fill a field just 18 inches wide, feel like they punch way above their weight. Hoyt’s shelves seem to hold universes.

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