3rd Floor Gallery
15 March–28 April 2012
For more than 40 years Roger Ackling has created small intimate sculptures using the same meticulous method. Ackling directs sunlight through a small hand-held magnifying glass, burning images of the sun in lines directly on to the wood in geometric patterns.
Like his contemporaries that graduated from St Martins School of Art in the late 1960s Roger challenges the traditional understanding of sculptural production by taking art out of the studio and into the everyday world. He collects bits of driftwood, found and rescued materials, such as clothes pegs, picture frames and honey dippers, from the margins of our everyday lives and, using his ritualistic and repetitive process of burning, creates works that are quiet and simple yet powerful.
This exhibition is comprised of entirely new works, all made in the last three years. Roger hangs and curates his exhibitions himself, often placing works in thought provoking ways that create powerful installations. He is able through clever interventions to subtly alter the space around each of the works so that they have their own presence.