Point X

1965

King, Phillip
This sculpture marks a shift away from the concept of the cone, which had manifested itself in many of Philip King's earlier works, and towards the inclusion of new shapes. To make this work, King created a series of squares, circles and triangles out of fibreglass, bolting them together to create a rhythmic pattern. The title suggests the movement of an 'x' through space, and the artist has used colour to emphasise this sense of passage. Instead of the central, vertical axis discernable in many of the cone sculptures, an acidic green forges a horizontal line across this work. During the 1960s, Phillip King was one of the first artists to introduce colour into his sculpture and to employ synthetic materials such as fibreglass. At this time, he commented: 'Colour sometimes can even stand for shape. Sometimes it may only emphasize or reduce it. It can give a volume greater or lesser mass.' Lizzie Wright
  • Artwork Details: 182.9 x 188 x 152.4cm
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  • Material description: fibreglass and polyester
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: AC 898

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