Toby Ziegler

Chisenhale Gallery

Although Toby Ziegler’s exploration of pictorial space—its artifice and illusion—leads him to make objects as often as paintings, the organizing impulse behind it is fundamentally that of a painter. The impressive range of the works here—three paintings, several sorts of three-dimensional objects, and a rug—showed his willingness to push a highly focused project as far as it will go, encompassing classical perspective, the flat space of abstraction, and the digital field of information. The objects represent the folding of these planar manifestations into geometric or representational volumes that might be thought of as excrescences of the pictorial into the real. A secondary concern is with light: the direct light produced by the bulbs inside the translucent paper-and-film sculptures, the reflected light from the Scotchbrite fabric that Ziegler often uses as the support for his paintings,

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