Roger Ackling: Simple Gifts

1 April - 7 May 2015

For more than forty years Roger Ackling created small intimate sculptures using the same meticulous method. Ackling directed 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 1960’s, Roger challenged the traditional understanding of sculptural production by taking art out of the studio and into the everyday world. He collected bits of driftwood, found and rescued materials from the margins of our everyday lives and, using his ritualistic and repetitive process of burning, created works that are quiet and simple yet powerful.

The works in this exhibition were his last works. They were mainly collected by friends and family along the beaches of Norfolk and given to Roger as simple gifts, for him to make them into his beautiful works of art.

Roger Ackling has been exhibiting since 1967 and has had many one-person exhibitions in London, Europe, Asia and America. He has exhibited with Annely Juda Fine Art since 1987 and is represented in important public collections worldwide including The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Gallery and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. This is his seventh one man show at Annely Juda Fine Art.

The exhibition will be shown on the fourth floor of the gallery and a fully illustrated 32 page catalogue and images are available on request.