Tim Scott b. 1937
T01366 Quinquereme 1966
Fibreglass, acrylic sheet and wood, 84¾ x 240½ x 59¼ (215 x 621 x 150.5).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, June-July 1967 (18, repr. in colour); New British Painting and Sculpture, University of California, Los Angeles, January 1968 (repr.); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (30, repr.).
Lit: Anne Sevmour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 72–85.
Repr: Artforum, VI, March 1968, p.64
‘Quinquereme’ is in an edition of three.
The artist said (conversation with the compiler 21 March 1972) that T01366 was the first sculpture in which he placed coloured segments of acrylic sheet vertically. In previous sculptures he either shaped the acrylic sheet to form the skin of a volume such as for ‘Yénidjé’ or for ‘Cello’ or he placed the sheets on the ground as in T01365. The acrylic sheets of T01366 are set out at a height such that they rise above the spectator who can both look through and up at them.
The artist wrote (catalogue, New British Painting and Sculpture, loc. cit.), ‘I wanted to create a sculpture which would be shapeless—a sculpture which would be free from any personal imprint. That is why I use semi-geometric forms that everyone knows beforehand, I do not use them because I am interested in some Platonic- world of ideas, but because I want them to be recognised and then forgotten so that the basic concept underlying the sculpture can be seen without distraction.’
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.