Matt Hoyt, Untitled (Group 18), 2006–11. Wooden shelf with ABS support and 2 mixed-media objects, 1 x 8.5 x 4.75 in.

Matt Hoyt

New York


Matt Hoyt recently presented an inspired, albeit somewhat quizzical show of very, very small sculptures, arranged on shelves in Bureau’s diminutive Lower East Side space. These small wonders are striking in their specificity of form, repaying Hoyt’s considerable investment of time and labor. Like tiny artifacts taken from an unknown culture, they are compelling despite the fact that their function and purpose remain unknown. Indeed, they feel closest to museum pieces, an affiliation heightened by the objectivity of their display in groups—as if individual pieces might simply fade from view. Sometimes smaller is, in fact, better, which becomes clear as these quirky objects inspire bemusement as well as admiration…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.