Shaping Up

For his newest installation, Hooty Hoo, artist Matt Scobey turned to a medium we see every day while walking down the street: concrete. Inspired in part by the Proun art movement of the 1920s, Scobey’s wood-and-concrete installation will be on display through May inside of Fancy Tiger Clothing.

“For years I was obsessed with patterns and repetition,” says Scobey. “Bricks, diagonal lines, wavy lines, textile patterns were all sources of inspiration, and I was trying to develop a visual language by referencing these shapes and patterns in paintings and drawings. The concrete shapes used to create the installation for Fancy Tiger are a reference to that visual language and [an] attempt to evolve from a flat surface, hopefully addressing space and form in a new way.”

While the piece can be viewed as an installation inside the boutique, Scobey also wanted a way for people to take a part of the art home with them. For $35, visitors can purchase individual tiles that are part of the modular mural to hang on the wall or use as the foundation of their own installation at home. “In a way, we are all curators these days,” Scobey explains. “These platters are like tiny little pedestals for people to set a few objects on, a little personal display of sorts.”

Hooty Hoo — which is named after an OutKast track — opens tonight at Fancy Tiger, 55 Broadway, with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit
March 7-May 31, 2014