Max Patté


Max Patté

What inspires your art practice?
At its core, my practice is an exploration of the infinite qualities of light and how it is expressed in the natural world then manifested into physical works in the studio. Advances in modern technologies are a constant source of inspiration.

Light, colour, tone and saturation all have a direct effect on our mood; changing our emotions as much as our environment. I aim to change the space in which the work is viewed and alter the viewers’ relationship to that space. In much the same way that our immediate natural environment prompts a physiological change, I aim to produce work that offers a multi-sensory experience that provokes an emotional response.

What materials do you work in?
For this new series of sculptures, I am working with stainless steel however my practice employs many materials, final choices are led by the concept for the work and have included bronze, fiberglass, concrete etc for sculptures.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Inspired by the Infinity and droplet series, these latest sculptures see the transformation of the two-dimensional coloured hemispheres into 3D iterations. Bubble-like in form, the new Cluster and Random Circular works embody the critical tenets of my practice; how light, colour, shape and form create a response to space and our place in it. These new works take up space, towering over us or flowing over expanses of a wall; they demand our attention.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
At our studio in Miramar or through Lightworx Gallery Auckland and Queenstown.

Sculptures by Max Patté

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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