Macklin's abstract sculptures tend to be frontal and pictorial, like substantial drawings or paintings. He is unique in his ability to work with essentially the same motifs at any scale, from tiny ceramic table sculptures in porcelain to enormous steel constructions. His rising, fanlike constructions of the 1980s developed into lateral sequences of relatively anonymous curved parts in the 1990s. Macklin's extraordinary ability to build overall configurations from side-by-side attachments may account for both his poetry and mastery of scale. His work can be found in public collections in Edmonton and St Albert, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, and Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Author TERRY FENTON