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Tim Scott b. 1937
T01364 Quantic of Giza 1966
Wood, steel tube and acrylic sheet, 83½ x 80 x 110 (212 x 203 x 279.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1967 (15, repr. in colour); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June–July 1971 (28, repr. ).
Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 72–85.
‘Quantic of Giza’ is in an edition of three. It is one of a group of sculptures which the artist made in 1965–6, in which he was attempting to establish sculptural volume by combining some or all of the elements of solid mass, outline, and flat plane. The first of the group, ‘Yénidjé’ 1965 (private collection), comprised acrylic sheets and steel rods. This was the first occasion on which he used acrylic sheets. The subsequent sculptures ‘ Quantic of Sakkara’, ‘Quantic of Giza’ and ‘Quantic of Meidum’ also used solid forms of wood. The artist said that he wanted to make the surface of the sculpture dynamic by cutting it, bending it, floating it and by using a reflecting material.
The ‘Quantic’ series is characterised by the use of incomplete forms, suggesting complete pyramidal circular and cubic structures. The forms seem to be cut open and separated rather than built up into a continuous volume.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.