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Night volumes



Hilarie Mais

England, Australia

17 Jan 1952 –

Alternate image of Night volumes by Hilarie Mais
Alternate image of Night volumes by Hilarie Mais
  • Details

    Other Title
    Night volumes II
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Painting , Installation
    Materials used
    oil on timber, oil on canvas
    211.0 x 402.0 x 20.0 cm overall :

    a - sculpture, 191 x 190.5 x 6 cm

    b - painting, 191 x 191 x 6 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated upper c. verso [part a], black fibre-tipped pen "Hilarie Mais 1996".
    Signed and dated u.r. verso on stretcher [part b], black fibre-tipped pen "Hilarie Mais 1996".

    Gift of Michael Whitworth 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Hilarie Mais

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    Artist information
    Hilarie Mais

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  • About

    Since the early 1980s, Hillarie Mais has explored the potential of the grid as both composition and content. Her practice reflects the legacy of American minimalism of the late 1960s and 1970s, extending upon its concern with compositional systems, geometric form, and visual and spatial perception.

    In 'Night volumes', a sculptural relief is paired with a stretched canvas that appears to mirror its composition. This dual structure creates a dialogue between real and illusory, whole and part, the abstract and the subtly referential - further to the shadowy associations of the work's title.

    In spite of its rigorous geometry, on close inspection 'Night volumes' reveals a handmade look rather than machine aesthetic. The overall scale of each panel is based on the width of Mais's outstretched arms - an intimate index of the artist's body that runs counter to the work's seemingly cool compositional logic.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • Felicity Fenner, Australian art collector, 'Hilarie Mais: the unlocked grid', pg. 86-91, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 88, 91 (colour illus.). incorrectly dated 1997

    • Peter Hill, Hilarie Mais: survey of works 1974-2004, 'The grid as self portrait', pg. 8-12, Canberra, 2004, 10, 22, 23 (colour illus.).

    • Nick Waterlow, Hilarie Mais, Sydney, 1997, cover (colour illus.). incorrectly dated 1997

Other works by Hilarie Mais

See all 6 works