Roger Ackling January 09 2016

This afternoon we took a visit to Resistance and Persistence, the current exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, which includes works by a favourite artist, Roger Ackling (1947-2014).

Graduating from St. Martin's School of Art in the late 1960s, Ackling (along with friends and colleagues Richard Long and Hamish Fulton) challenged the traditional notions of sculptural production.

For much of his career, Ackling made work using the same method, using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto the surface of found wooden objects, burning lines and dots in a process of meditative mark making.

Born in London in 1947, he studied at St. Martin's from 1965-1968. In addition to producing work that is included in many public collections such as at Tate, the V&A and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Ackling was a popular teacher at Chelsea College of Art and other schools.

Occasional Papers have published 'Roger Ackling: Between The Lines', the first comprehensive overview of the artist's work.

You can find out more about Ackling's work from the Ingleby Gallery website or in these obituaries in The Guardian and The Independent.

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Roger Ackling '6 Unit Stack Piece, Voewood' - sunlight on wood, 1999

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Roger Ackling - a group of five works, sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling's installation at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh in 2012

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Roger Ackling 'Voewood' - sunlight on wood, 2010

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Roger Ackling 'Bird' - sunlight on wood, 1974

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'Between The Lines' published by Occasional Papers