Matt Hinkley’s name has come to be synonymous with labyrinthine line drawings and intricate small sculptures that invite the viewer on a journey of discovery where our sense of perception is challenged.
Working across a collection of found materials such as newspapers, obsolete electronic equipment, aluminium tubing, ping pong balls, silicon and polymer clay, Hinkley’s painstakingly time-consuming methods to draw, inscribe, sculpt or cut, deftly find order amid chaos.
His mark makings are often an intuitive response to his medium with acknowledgement of both the imperfections that are already present, and the element of human error when manipulating by hand on this scale. Hinkley’s tools of choice are as unconventional as the surfaces he tackles, employing scalpels, a dremel and bits of pens amongst other items at hand, all of which enable him to negotiate pattern and form on the minute. In the age of digital reproduction Hinkley is attracted to the possibility for rigid, repetitive pattern to appear organic.
For this current body of work Hinkley has created a composition from an arrangement of found materials, this time including a scrap of cloth, polystyrene, cardboard and also small synthetic polymer impressions of his own drawings in plaster. This initial constructed composition has been cast in resin for a series of small sculptures from the same mould. Although each work bears the same impressions, each is unique in its colour combination. Mounted on the wall, the audience is invited to view closely and observe the complexities of these surfaces and the contrasts of colour and translucencies which give each piece an individual, jewel-like quality.
List, w/ Joshua Petherick, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2013; Matt Hinkley, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne, 2012; Matt Hinkley, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2010; Matt Hinkley, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2010; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London, 2009; Folio, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2008; and Matt Hinkley, Acca @ Mirka. Melbourne, 2007.
Hinkley has also contributed to a number of significant group exhibitions both locally and internationally, including: 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Sydney, 2014; Pavilions, Tcb Art. Inc, Melbourne, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Reinventing The Wheel: The Readymade Century, MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art), 2013; Group Exhibition: Artwork Documentation, curated by David Homewood, Studio 6, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2013; Chinatown ll, ltd, Los Angeles, 2012; Big Refrigerator, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland, 2011; Freehand, Recent Australian Drawing Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2010; New08, Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2008; and Omnipresents, Curated By Christopher Lg Hill, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2007.
In 2010 he undertook an Australia Council studio residency in Los Angeles. Hinkley was also a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary from 2009 to 2011.Artist’s profile