The Annual 2012

School of Visual Arts

Small Works, Big Impression

Matt Hoyt

“One of the best Whitney Biennials in recent memory” raved The New York Times’ Roberta Smith. On view from March 1- May 27, 2012, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 76th Biennial brought together 51 artists from across the country, among them sculptor and alumnus Matt Hoyt (BFA 2000 Fine Arts). Hoyt’s diminutive sculptures may well have been the smallest pieces in the exhibition, but they commanded attention from critics at Bloomberg, the New York Observer, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and elsewhere. The works seem to hover on the border between the manufactured and the organic, the made and the found. Typically grouped together on wooden shelves, these quietly mysterious objects—made from various clays, putties and resins—reflect an ongoing process of improvisation and discovery.

In this interview, Hoyt talks about his methodology: