Tue 12 Jun 2007–
Sun 19 Aug 2007

Gallery Room at Mirka, Tolarno Hotel St Kilda

Matt Hinkley’s abstract drawings are meticulous and deceptive. What may appear to be a digital print-out or an expressive smudge turns out to be a calculated, manual, labour-intensive drawing. Influential in shaping Hinkley’s output is a work ethic that counteracts today’s fast-paced, throw-away digital culture, coupled with a respect for twentieth century graphic design.

In repetitive formal grids, each drawing in this series establishes an order that is on the verge of collapse. On close inspection the mathematical organisation that regulates the image becomes increasingly fragile, and the human and material qualities of the work become more apparent. Patterns are constructed with reverence to the qualities of the materials Hinkley works with – the grain of the paper, the softness of the pencil or the texture of a found image. In this installation, Hinkley’s humble and delicate patterning explodes onto the wall in a buzzing, dazzling arrangement of diagonal stripes. Screen-printed and applied in tiles, this bold expansion of scale, while conceptually simple, deceives and plays with the eye. Physical and disorienting, it sends the serenity and intimacy of Hinkley’s framed works into a frenzy.

Commissioning Curator: Juliana Engberg

In the Press
13 May, The Age, Mirka meets Matt
16 June, Herald Sun, Matt gloss on show at Mirka
13 July, The Age, Art


Matt Hinkley

Presented by

San Pellegrino

Supported By

Little Rebel