Weybourne 1996

Roger Ackling (born 1947, Isleworth, England, UK)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Courtesy Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Born in 1947 in Isleworth, London, Roger Ackling studied at St Martins School of Art in the late 1960s alongside a remarkable generation of students including Richard Long, Bruce McLean and Gilbert and George. Ackling’s work is recognised as a unique, considered and deliberate response to the natural environment. For over four decades Roger Ackling has utilised the fundamental properties of material and light in a direct way by using a hand-held magnifying glass to focus sunlight directly onto found, mainly wooden, objects. This process results in a formal linear structure that overlays and becomes an integral part of the found object. The histories and uses of many of these objects can be guessed at by their shape but many remain obscure having being weathered and re-shaped by the elements. Despite the modest scale of his work, Ackling’s transformative actions on found material in its raw physical state results in the works having a stillness and energy that belies their small scale.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005
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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