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Citrus Fruit Market 2005

Toby Paterson (born 1974, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Citrus Fruit Market
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Toby Paterson’s work is concerned with Modernist architecture and contemporary attitudes towards it. His work includes large installations, often including wall paintings, sculptural assemblages and paintings on perspex, such as Citrus Fruit Market. These are painted on the reverse of a sheet of perspex and then sandwiched with a second sheet placed behind the painting. The effect of this technique is to create an image that appears to float off the wall. Paterson’s interest in the form and structure of Modernist architecture grew out of skateboarding around concrete buildings and his physical engagement with the ramps and ledges of skateable architecture. His work makes explicit references to Modernists including Victor Pasmore, Berthold Lubetkin and Denys Lasdun, with particular works being inspired by specific places and works of architecture. Recent work explores how modern cities are shaped. His 2005 solo show at the Barbican Art Gallery in London focused on cities seriously damaged during the Second World War. The artist says: ‘I think that at the heart of my engagement with these three places lies a feeling of pathos. The honourable motivation to transcend the aftermath of war is, unfortunately, hardly ever enough to guarantee the success of the products of that motivation. Coventry, Rotterdam and Hamburg all contain buildings and areas that could be said to have 'failed', but one cannot deny a little hint of jealousy at the perceived clarity of the situation facing those tasked with the reconstruction. I know that in the current cultural miasma I’m envious of the blank slate and a chance to escape conflicted histories – envious of the flawed but alluring tabula rasa of Modernism.’

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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