Work of the Week: Malevich Extended

Date: Sep 25, 2017

The Work of the Week for September 25 - October 2 is Malevich Extended by Peter Hide.

The sculpture was gifted to the AFA collection by the artist in 2014 and is on loan to MacEwan University in Edmonton. It is now located just east of Allard Hall – MacEwan's new state-of-the-art fine arts centre, which is scheduled to officially open on September 27.

Malevich Extended is currently the largest artwork included in the AFA collection. Measuring at 8.25 metres (27 feet) and weighing in at nearly 4,500 kg (10,000 lbs), this massive structure requires great care and planning to move from place to place. To install this sculpture, we utilized a Fassi knuckleboom mobile crane, which has the largest boom extension available in North America. Click the arrows above to see a short slide show of the installation of the sculpture near Allard Hall on September 24.

Artist's statement on the work:

Malevich Extended is composed of a sequence of fragments rescued from unresolved sculptures. This use of fragments or passages is not new in my work, but to make an entire sculpture from them is. These passages were arranged from right to left on a 24 foot long base…. Having more or less completed the piece I can now see that it was probably inspired by the great processions of CN rolling stock that daily go past my studio to the marshalling yards nearby, but this piece is certainly not just a representation of this. I too have been deeply affected by the Italian Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna’s great horizontal paintings of processions and reclining gods. Lastly, I must acknowledge that the example of the modern British sculptor Anthony Caro’s After Olympia, which, whilst not being a particular influence on the form of my piece, did in general terms seem to me a statement that should not go unanswered.

See more of Peter's work on the AFA collection virtual museum