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Michael Pine, Construction, 1955

Who made it?

This work is one of very few sculptures produced by Michael Pine, an architect who is less well known as an artist. Pine lived in St. Ives for many years and it is the only work of his in the Kettle’s Yard collection.

How did Pine make it?

By casting soft, grey plaster with a finish that resembles polished concrete.

Where can I see it?

This sculpture can be seen in our exhibition, Discovery through Display at the Alison Richard Building, for only one more week, until 24 March. The exhibition was curated by Josephine Waugh, a second year History of Art student. She says this of Michael Pine and ‘Construction’;

His profession as an architect clearly influenced his aesthetic considerations in this work which, at first glance, resembles a structural support or building material. However, on further inspection the delicacy of the object becomes apparent; the smooth surfaces slightly frayed as one pane meets another, the beams tilted slightly inwards to evince the touch of the artist. The abstract ambiguity of this architectural sculpture embodies Jim Ede’s deconstruction of our understanding of what art can be. Ede curated Kettle’s Yard as a series of juxtapositions between ‘art’ and ‘non-art’ objects to obscure our binary understanding of the terms. The antithetical properties of Pine’s Construction, soft yet coarse, angular yet gentle, delicate yet robust, translate the unique appeal of the Kettle’s Yard collection.

‘Discovery through Display’ will be at the Alison Richard Building until 24 March 2017. More information on the exhibition can be found here.