Inside Out: Outside In
31/10/2012 - 8/01/2013
Galería Elvira González will open on 31 October Inside Out:
Outside In, the third solo exhibition at the gallery by artist Roger Ackling (Isleworth, United
Kingdom, 1947), and the 170th solo show in his career. The show will feature
some sixty recently produced small-scale pieces.
has been creating his works using the same method for more than forty years.
Using a small hand-held magnifying glass, he concentrates sunlight on pieces of
wood which he comes across as he strolls through the countryside. The technique
leaves a pattern of furrows and shapes burnt into the surface of the wood by
the beam of light. It is, then, solar energy which creates a relief design on
wood, which has had some previous use, and then been discarded.
The artist works in direct contact with nature, rather than in a
studio. Alone, sitting on the bare ground, with the sun at his back, holding in
his left hand the piece of wood and in his right the magnifying glass, focusing
only on his work, no thoughts fill his mind, the outside world ceases to be
present. It is in this solitary and unique moment that he enters into direct
contact with his work, imbuing it with existence.
"You could say that I work with light," explained Ackling himself in an interview which he gave in 2007 to
designer Gabi Bolton. "I am not
interested in using colour; it is more a question of light and dark".
For this line of work, then, the artist chose the pieces of wood which he began
to gather and work, "as if they were
playthings, so I could later say I was 'burning' a painting".
belongs to the generation of artists who graduated from St Martin's School of
Art in London in the sixties. Along with his contemporaries and friends Richard
Long and Hamish Fulton, among others, they made up a generation which aimed to
take art out of the studio. For them sculpture could be anything they wanted: a
walk in the country, a bicycle trip across France or, as in the case of
Ackling, a small piece of wood marked by the sun.
Roger Ackling has held numerous individual
exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centres worldwide. His works have
recently been exhibited by galleries all around Europe like Galerie Rosa
Turetsky (Geneve, Switzerland), Annely Juda Fine Art (London, England), Gallery
I - Ingleby Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Galerie Josine Bokhoven
His work is
featured in various major international collections, including the Tate
(London), the Arts Council of Great Britain (London), the British Museum
(London), the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), the Hiroshima Museum
of Contemporary Art, the Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam) and the Setegaya Art