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Toby Ziegler’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery comprises a hybrid mix of painting, sculpture and installation. Ziegler concentrates on the traditional genres of landscape, interiors and still life to produce optically resonant works, often painted on workman’s industrial light-reflective fabric or Japanese paper.

Ziegler makes use of interlocking geometric patterns and designs adapted from a wide variety of sources, juxtaposing hard-edged qualities against a painterly touch. His reflective and luminous works appear visually unstable, shifting radically what they reveal to viewers, depending on the angle from which the work is seen and the changing light conditions. His works encourage the viewer to actively decipher the complex spaces he both depicts and constructs.

Ziegler’s exhibition will include three large-scale landscape paintings; a reconfigured Persian rug, created by cutting undulating patterns into two rugs and interlocking them to form a new whole; a rotating geometric latticework lantern, ten feet in height, each panel hand-painted in Japanese ink on paper, depicting a generic pastoral scene with five separate vanishing points; and a glowing Sphinx, ten feet in length and eight in height, constructed entirely from folded acetate and illuminated from within by a pulsing light. Wrapped around the Sphinx’s surface will be a landscape, printed in shades of grey and pink.

Toby Ziegler was born in 1972 and studied at Central St. Martin’s between 1991 and 1994. He lives and works in London. He was recently awarded a Delfina Studios residency. Recent exhibitions include: Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2004; John Moores 23, The Walker, Liverpool, 2004; Collection 1 (curated by Stephen Hepworth), Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporanea, Florence, 2004; Art Kliasma 2003, Moscow; EAST International, Norwich Gallery, 2003; Civilia, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 2003; Creek, Cell project space, London, 2003; Project with Christopher Landoni and Oliver Michaels; King of Norway’s house, Piccadilly, London, 2002; Project with Christopher Landoni, Hoxton House, London, 2002.


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