ARTIST:

Toby Ziegler

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Toby Ziegler
: The Liberals (Second Version), 2008
Carboard, gesso and pins
second sculpture is 165 x 125x 65 cm

Toby Ziegler
The Grand Cause, 2006
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 artist’s intervention. In The Grand Cause, Ziegler’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.

Toby Ziegler
Designated For Leisure, 2004
oil on scotch brite
285 x 400 cm

Divorcing his subjects from the weight of their historical context, Ziegler’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 painting’s overwhelming scale and holograph-like surface. Composed on reflective industrial fabric, the painting’s surface shifts and transforms when viewed from different angles, revealing the landscape within as a chimera of light and perspective.

Toby Ziegler
The Liberals (3rd Version), 2008
Cardboard, gesso and pins
Part 1: 323 x 220 x 120 cm Part 2: 279 x 220 x 105 cm

Toby Ziegler’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.

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