Hilarie Mais: RES

Art Artwork from Australia. Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 29 May 2014.

Hilarie Mais: RES image

Year: 2010

'RES' 2010 constitutes Hilarie Mais' current search and discovery for new modes of abstract visualisation with and from within the grid, as defined by formational principles of natural occurrence.

Mais has been critically engaged with this archetype since her Sydney Biennale installation ‘Doors, thoughts: the maze’ 1986, explaining that ‘It is such a loaded historical structure, a modernist and ancient form, a layered icon. As with the spiral it has historical and cultural associations’.

The sculpture/painting has been irregularly assembled from varying lengths of interlocking vertical and horizontal wooden sticks, contained neither by frame or border. Mais has then hand-painted a scheme of interlinking pure red squares that are at once a description and outcome of its ‘growth system’ i.e. the decisions and steps made during the construction of the form. ‘RES’ is what the artist classifies an ‘Indentifying structure’- viewed from a distance we instinctively experience Gestalt as the eye registers space and volume, the mind perceiving a unified network of cubes inside this shallow relief.

In Latin the title ‘res’ translates to a nonspecific ‘thing’ or ‘occurrence’; appropriate considering how the artwork has generated organically from somewhere within itself.

Place of origin
Sydney → New South Wales → Australia


Media categories
Painting, Sculpture

Materials used
oil on wood

210.0 × 210.0 × 4.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2013

Accession number

© Hilarie Mais