Fergal Stapleton Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Fergal Stapleton
And A Door Opened.3.


Black perspex, electrical fittings, red lightbulbs, polystyrene, concrete hardcore, wood cabling

130 x 66 x 54 cm

These sculptures by Fergal Stapleton trigger a certain range of half-recognitions: DIY science fiction props; orreries assembled from hi-fi store kit parts; minor events at Earth’s orbital margin. Their precision and impoverishment are exactly what make them so astoundingly magical: each one embodies a universe. Inside their dark Perspex enclosures amongst the loops of electrical cable, sit two or three modest items – a concrete chunk, a Styrofoam disc, and other matter found or made, some of it revolving perpetually, slowly under red light-bulbs, creating wondrous parallel microcosms from humble materials.

Fergal Stapleton
And A Door Opened.6.


Black perspex, electrical fittings, red lightbulbs, polystyrene, concrete hardcore, wood cabling

130 x 66 x 54 cm

Stapleton’s varied practice (including painting and sculpture) is bound by a concern with elucidating various phases of the fictive, the apparent and the real. His And A Door Opened assemblages, holding in equilibrium the fantastical with the blunt actualities of junk, exemplify this in their reordering of things known, producing new and surprising value out of meagre means. The red-black glow emanating from the dark vitrines, reminiscent of photographic darkrooms, gives the effect of an image half-developed, caught between latency and realisation.

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Fergal Stapleton's Biography

Fergal Stapleton
1961 Born, Ireland
Lives and works in London


If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul V22, London

And a Door Opened, Carl Freedman Gallery, London

Stapleton Grey, Counter Gallery, London

I Shall Arrive Soon, Counter Gallery, London

Crack Whore, Five Years, London

Bad Ape Report, Neon gallery Billboard, London

This, Platform, London
Rank Cheeseboard, Five Years, London

Riutsu Centre, Tokyo

Tonight, The Agency, London

His manner of entertaining us...the worst thing I have ever done, The Agency, London


V22 Presents: The Sculpture Show, Almond Building, London

The Wharf Road Project, V22, London
Space Now, Space Studios, London

Toutes Compositions Florales. Counter Gallery, London

Picture Room, Gasworks, London
The Straight Or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London
Chockerfuckingblocked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London

The Ink Jetty, Neon, London
The Green Room, Percy Miller, London
The Difference Between You and Me, Five Years, London
Plinth, The Trade Apartment, London

ARCO, Madrid
Being and Nothingness , Workplace, Toronto
Dot, Teesdale Yard, London, touring to Arthur Rose London and The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Serial Killers, Platform, London, touring to Christopher Cutts, Toronto

Resolute, Platform, London
Root, The Chisenhale, London

Class Vegas, The Embassy, London
Martin, The Commercial Gallery, London
Craft, Richard Salmon, London
Craft, Kettles Yard, Cambridge
Light, Richard Salmon, London and Spacex, Exeter
The Unadorned Hardcore World of the Anabolic Mutant in Stir �
with Rebecca Warren, The Showroom, London
His manner of entertaining us...the worst thing I have ever done, The Agency, London

50X50X50X50, Bank, London
Smart Artfair, Stockholm
I Beg to Differ, Milch, London
Out of Space, Cole & Cole, Oxford
Viper: Bank TV, Bank, London
NIS Project at World PC Expo, Makuhari, Tokyo
The Happy Shopper, Elephant & Castle, London
Dog-U-Mental VIII: Stapleton�s Last Show , Bank, London

RW, GG, FS, - with Rebecca Warren, Graham Gussin
Laure Genillard Gallery, London

Disneyland After Dark: La Ronde, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Konstmuseum, Uppsala
Die Zweite Wirchlichkeit, Galerie Michael Schill, Stuttgart
Mind The Gap: Hardcopys und Technologische Bilder, Galerie/Edition Voges & Deisen, Frankfurt
Miniatures, The Agency, London
50X50X50X50, Cologne, 1994Fergal Stapleton & Edwin David, The Agency, London
Retrospective: Your Mother - with Rebecca Warren, 152c Brick Lane, London

The Infanta of Castile, London