Hoyt does not directly base his works on found objects—they are abstractions—but an uncanny quasi-recognition inescapably colors the experience of these sculptures. The matte, palm-sized objects are laboriously crafted from unorthodox art materials, such as wood filler and plumber’s caulk, on an improbably intimate scale. Each sculpture begs to be picked up and turned over, palmed and worried like a lucky stone, or pocketed like a talisman. This is visual art that wants to be haptic, that instantiates the human desire to apprehend through touch. Hoyt’s haunting sculptures demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary investment of time in his craft, even as they evoke more epic durations, such as evolutionary or geological time. They invite contemplation and in so doing resist speed—a rare tonic in frenetic times.
This exhibition is organized by Senior Curator Cathleen Chaffee.
Admission to this exhibition is free during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY on November 4, 2016; December 2, 2016; January 6, 2017; February 3, 2017; and March 3, 2017.