Toby Ziegler EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
The Grand Cause
Oil, pencil and gold leaf on canvas
210 x 242.5 cm
In his paintings, Ziegler carefully reproduces his digitised models entirely by hand; each painstakingly rendered shape reveals tell-tale traces of the artistâ€™s intervention. In The Grand Cause, Zieglerâ€™s abstracted sunset subverts the rigidity of graphic design with the spontaneity of painterly expression. Vying between concentrated detail and intuitive mark-making, the perfunctory qualities of his repetitive patterning evolve as personalised statements of authenticity and affectation. Defiling the gold leaf surface with materiality of paint, Ziegler capitalises on the rich and luxurious quality of his ground to draw connotations to beauty and the grotesque.
Designated For Leisure
oil on scotch brite
285 x 400 cm
Divorcing his subjects from the weight of their historical context, Zieglerâ€™s mosaic-like motifs offer geometrically pure terrains for painterly degeneration. In Designated For Leisure, this contradiction between the value of technological precision and its degradation through imperfect translation are reinforced through the paintingâ€™s overwhelming scale and holograph-like surface. Composed on reflective industrial fabric, the paintingâ€™s surface shifts and transforms when viewed from different angles, revealing the landscape within as a chimera of light and perspective.
The Liberals (3rd Version)
Cardboard, gesso and pins
Part 1: 323 x 220 x 120 cm Part 2: 279 x 220 x 105 cm
Toby Zieglerâ€™s paintings and sculptures engage with ideas of the exotic and synthetic. Fabricating his images and sculptural blueprints on a computer, traditional motifs such as landscapes, still lifes, and cultural artefacts are removed from the familiarity of popular consciousness and reconfigured as templates of abstracted information. Inspired by a set of Victorian Staffordshire figurines, The Liberals (3rd Version) is made from intersecting cardboard panels; the kitsch subject matter and lowly materials take on a monumental quality, like futuristically designed sphinxes.