Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 6-8 PM
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by the English artist Roger Ackling. For this latest body of work, Ackling continues to draw with sunlight, marking found wooden objects with burned lines; however, in this series, he employs empty picture frames, introducing a new focus on negative space.
For nearly forty years, Ackling has applied precise burn marks to wood, often discovered on England’s Norfolk beaches, by reflecting sunlight through a handheld magnifying glass. In the new work, he covers the surface of collected picture frames with a rhythmic series of closely-placed lines, patiently applied during long solitary outdoor sessions. In the Minimalist tradition, the bands of unburned wood are placed at regular intervals, reflecting the dimensions of the object and creating a sense of geometric order expressive of a dialogue between the artist and the object. The overall effect balances extraordinary precision with the subtle imperfections of hand execution. The quiet repetition of the patterning is reflective of the meditative and ritualistic quality of the artist’s method.
Roger Ackling (b. 1947) was born in Isleworth, London, and studied at St. Martin's College of Art in London. He lives and works in Norfolk, England. He has exhibited internationally since the mid-70s, and the public collections that hold his work include the British Museum, the Tate Collection, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Fogg Art Museum, Boston. This exhibition is the artist’s seventh at Von Lintel Gallery.
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