Post #1231 • September 17, 2008, 11:48 AM • 14 Comments
Edmonton, AB - The talented lads at Common Sense, after considerable physical and administrative labors, installed five large Peter Hide sculptures into the courtyard of the Royal Alberta Museum. We went up to see them together, and we had the kind of discussion about them that you can only have about excellent art - admiring the workmanship, debating what details could stand improvement, and otherwise basking in the glow of artistic achievement. Hide brings a certain playfulness to a loyally abstract effort, which comes through even when rendered in steel by the ton, making the heavy plate dance and hover aloft. And like any good modernist, he brings the best forward. After Michelangelo comes out of his viewing of the reclining tomb figures in Rome, and Malevich Extended riffs on Suprematist circles and rectangles in a manner entirely becoming his medium. Art objects get a particular look when the artist reworks them via a drawing stage. This is Hide's practice, and it results in areas, often entire works, that affect the hackles like good music.
Photos available at Studiosavant because my Internet connection blows this morning.