Catalogue entry

Tim Scott b. 1937

T01365 Quadreme 1966

Not inscribed.
Fibreglass, acrylic sheet and steel tube, 43¼ x 206¼ x 85 (110 x 524.5 x 216).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1967 (16, repr. in colour); Junge Generation Grossbritannien, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, April–June 1968 (Scott, 3); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–August 1971 (29, repr. in colour).
Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 72–85.

‘Quadreme’ is in an edition of three.

The artist said (conversation with the compiler, 21 March 1972) that in T01365 he had used volumes of fibreglass instead of wood. He was interested that he could achieve a coloured surface from a mould instead of having to apply colour by painting the surface.

T01365 comprises two acrylic sheets, one yellow, the other red, laid flat on the ground and juxtaposed to the two blue and black fibreglass volumes. The compiler asked the artist what determined the choice of colours for this and other sculptures. The sculptor wrote (letter, March 1972): ‘There is nothing I can say about individual works as obviously the colour of any one piece—as any other aspect of it—is simply a choice in the context of that piece.

‘Colour became for me, a crucial issue in sculpture from about 1964–5 on until recently when I (for the moment) stopped using it. During that time I felt it was one aspect of sculpture that was paramount to its development, that it meant more than the coating of something with a surface skin and should consequently be thought about deeply. I myself used colour as an expressive force in the work by careful variegation of its qualities (i.e. tone, texture, intensity, etc.) in relation to the physical ones of form and shape. I hoped to make colour play a part expressively and be meaningful beyond a point (I feel) that has been approached before.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.