Toby Ziegler: Slave
23 Sep – 26 Nov 2017
Central to Ziegler’s practice is a negotiation between digital and manual approaches to generating forms and images. This new group of sculptures, the result of more than three years of experimentation, take the logic of 3D printers as a model but involve many convoluted processes. As with Ziegler’s previous work, the sculptures’ initial forms are created one polygon at a time using 3D modelling software. This virtual model is then sliced at regular intervals to produce a set of templates which are printed onto cardboard sheets. Using these templates, Ziegler builds up coils of clay to create the sculptural form one layer at a time, replicating by hand the actions of a 3D printer. Ziegler has always been preoccupied with different speeds of gesture in both painting and sculpture. In both media, slow, painstaking work made over weeks is suddenly disrupted by more physical, improvised gestures made in a matter of moments. In these new sculptures the coiled clay forms are deformed and ruptured, creating baroque flourishes amongst the otherwise regular strata. Ziegler makes 3D scans of these models, enlarges the scale digitally, and 3D prints them. Ziegler tests the capabilities of the 3D printer, asking the coils of hot, liquid plastic it produces to defy gravity before setting solid. This results in periodic disruptions in the print that resemble festoons of spaghetti. The disruptions in the print echo the disruptions in the original clay forms.
The painting in this exhibition also considers a loss of information due to digital translation. The results from a Google image search for Matisse’s ‘Large Reclining Nude’ (1935) provide the source imagery for Ziegler’s painting. This image search returned a grid of 18 degraded thumbnails of the painting with varying colour casts. The grid in the background of Matisse’s painting is echoed by the grid of images on the search page and the visible grid of pixels that make up the jpegs. Ziegler carefully paints his source image onto a large aluminium panel over a period of several weeks. He then works back into it with an orbital sander, removing weeks of work in a few minutes, obliterating much of the original image to reveal the aluminium beneath and creating a new image in the process. Matisse’s four reliefs depicting progressively abstracted representations of a woman’s back are the inspiration for four new prints by Ziegler. Pixelated images of Matisse’s friezes screen printed onto lightweight paper connect the two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in the show. Matisse’s ‘Backs I to IV’ (1908- 1931) operate somewhere between image and sculpture.Toby Ziegler (b. 1972) studied at Central St Martin’s. His show at the New Art Centre coincides with his major exhibition ‘The Genesis Speech’ at The Freud Museum from 13 September – 26 November 2017.Other solo exhibitions include: The Hepworth Wakefield (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012); New Art Gallery, Walsall (2011); Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, and the Chisenhale Gallery, London. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2017); Cassina Projects, New York (2017); Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2017); The Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2016); Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2014); Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo (2015) and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia (2009). His work is included in important public and private collections around the world including The British Council; Tate; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.
Installation image: Toby Ziegler, Slave © the artist and courtesy New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park
Nao Matsunaga: Blue & White
23 Sep – 26 Nov 2017
Installation view: Nao Matsunaga, in the Artists House © the artist and courtesy the New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park
Nao Matsunaga uses clay and other materials and has developed a particularly intuitive way of working. Working spontaneously, and without a fixed idea of what he is creating, he uses his whole physical being to create his work; using the rhythm of his body rather a set of preconceived ideas.
Matsunaga is, however, also fascinated by ceremonial objects and historical archetypes, which inform his extraordinary abstract sculptures; his use of blue and white for this new exhibition is a reference to this interest in archaism. In the Artists House, he will be showing new works in porcelain for the first time.
Nao Matsunaga has exhibited internationally, including the innovative group show Material Language at the New Art Centre in 2016. He was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2013 and he has completed many artist in residencies across the world such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and in 2016 Arskala Principle Studio in Indonesia. He trained at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Exhibition in association with Marsden Woo