Toby Paterson

Quotidian Aspect

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Exhibition

  • Exhibition from january 28th to april 29th 2012

If Toby Paterson's work draws on modernist architectural sources, it does it with a view to renewing our reading of this heritage and opening it up to the question of landscape. "A lot of people think that my work is about architecture. This isn't totally true. Architecture is just a pretext for looking. My work is about observing and feeling a given environment"

His wall paintings, drawings, collages and sculpted modules propose a singular mixture of poetic abstraction and physical experience - a voyage through transitional spaces. In addition to his visual art training, skateboarding has given the artist a hypersensitivity to the texture and structure of urban materials along with a fragmentary approach to the townscape. From the real, he samples buildings that are then examined documented, stripped back to their essence and taken apart.

His working process generally involves a research trip during which he takes hundreds of photos of post-war buildings, often referring to an aesthetic of the ordinary and the everyday. This visual material is then sorted and incorporated unmodified in certain pictorial compositions (the collage series Bricolages, or mental maps of lived experiences) or idealised in a painted version that amplifies the latent abstraction of the image. The choice of palette - between soft pastels and flat areas of pure colour - occupies an important place in this recomposition of a parallel landscape.

here is another distinct family of works: the "hypothetical reliefs", produced after the voyage. He defines these completely abstract volumes as "subjective hypotheses formulated in response to a town — condensations of forms and colours”.

These different expressions of experience bear witness to his particular attention to shifts in scale and to the dynamics of circulation, both physical —felt by the visitor in the exhibition space— and mental: between document and memory, reality and imagination, figuration and abstraction.

This to and fro movement is all the more palpable in that it is wilfully orchestrated by the artist. Toby Paterson has a liking for sophisticated exhibition structures that produce maze-like pathways and trompe l'oeil games. Inserted into the space using lightweight frames or perfectly-finished shelves that recall the modernist grid, his carefully crafted motifs appear to float, like an atmosphere.These suspended architectural sections invent a complex space-time, both referential and emptied of all material ties: the permanent reconfiguration of remembered landscape.

Eva Prouteau

The project is supported by Fluxus (Franco-British Fund for Contemporary Art)



Productions

Brise soleil, 2012
three elements in plywood, digital cutting, variable dimensions
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Interlocking Plan, 2012
Painting on aluminium, 40 x 40 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

The Sports Pavilion, 2012
Painting on Perspex, 4 x 180 x 120 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Commercial Landscape (Imprimerie Moderne), 2012
Painting on aluminium, 180 x 120 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow
 

Sans titre, 2011
Wall painting
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Commercial Landscape (Windows and Doors), 2012
Painting on aluminium, 180 x 120 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Double New Reconstruction, 2012
Relief, diptych on Perspex, variables dimensions
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Cluster Relief (S-N), 2011
13 panels, aluminium, 10 x 400 x 120 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow


Works

Quotidian Painting (White Grid), 2007
Acrylic on Perspex, 206 x 106 x 3.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Pedestal, 2005
Acrylic on  wood, 75 x 40 x 30 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Cluster Relief (CDA), 2011
Acrylic on aluminium, 4 panels, 130 x 110 cm each
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Built Colour Bricolage 1, 2009
Collage on Perspex, 80 x 80 x 3 cm
Courtesy Lange & Pult Gallery, Zürich

Built Colour Bricolage 2, 2009
Collage on Perspex, 80 x 80 x 3 cm 80 x 80 x 2 cm
Courtesy Lange & Pult Gallery, Zürich

Built Colour Bricolage 5, 2009
Collage on Perspex, 80 x 80 x 3 cm 90 x 70 x 3 cm
Courtesy Lange & Pult Gallery, Zürich

A Miniature (Red and White Pavilion), 2009
9 photographs and acrylic on perspex, 86 x 61.5 cm x 2 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Generosity (Reconstruction), 2007
Photograph on aluminium, 42.3 x 30 x 2.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Landscape Painting (Gesture Economics), 2007
Acrylic on paper, 156 x 122 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Hypothetical Relief (Moscow), 2010
Acrylic relief and Perspex, 30 x 30 x 7.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Church In A New Town, 2003
Acrylic on Perspex, 120 x 80 x 3 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Bridgemaster's Station, 2007
Acrylic on Perspex, 146 x 116 x 3.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Brick Primary School, 2002
Acrylic on Perspex,, 50 x 40 x 2.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Goldfinger Kiosk, 2004
Acrylic painting on paper, 48.7 x 36.2 x 2 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Public Space, 2007
Acrylic painting on paper 96.5 x 78.5 x 2.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

The Theatre of Illusion, 2005
Acrylic painting on paper
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

51 Bar, 2004
Acrylic on perspex, 60 x 40 x 3 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Fountain, 2007
Acrylic on perspex, 177.2 x 128.2 x 3.3 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Luna Park Pavillion, 2004
Acrylique sur Perspex, 70 x 40 x 3 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

C.D.A., 2011
Acrylic on aluminium, 59.5 x 84 x 3 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Hypothetical Relief (Sofia), 2009
Acrylic painting on Perspex, 30 x 30 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Naples Yellow Bricolage (Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia), 2009
Collage sur cardboard, 39 x 36 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Memorial, 2005
Acrylic painting on paper, 96.5 x 126.5 x 3.5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Pink Bricolage (Bulgaria, Poland, Russia Serbia), 2009
Collage on cardboard, 39 x 36 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Station Stairs, 2004-05
Acrylic on Perspex, 120 x 195 x 5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Relief with Black, White and Grey Forms, 2005
Perspex, acrylic painting, wood 100 x 100 x 4 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Organic Relief 38, 2004
Wood and acrylic painting, 31 x 48 x 5 cm
Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow


Biography

Toby Paterson was born in 1974 in Glasgow, Scotland
He lives and works in Glasgow

Toby Paterson studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He won the Beck's Futures in 2002. The artist has participated in many national and international exhibitions

2011

- Inchoate Landscapes', Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Great-Britain Upstairs at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
- 'Shifting Landscape', Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre, Renfrew, Scotland

2009

- 'Various States', Void, Derry, Ireland
- 'Built Colour', Galerie Kentworthy Ball, Lang and Pult, Zurich, Switzerland
- 'Installation of Powder Blue Orthogonal Pavilion', Warwick University, Warwick, Great-Britain

2008

- Powder Blue Orthogonal Pavilion, Potters Fields Park, Southwark, London, UK

2007

- Generosity, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, NL
- Vague Space, Sutton Lane, London, UK

2006

- Broken Arabesque, de Vleeshal & de Kabinetten van de Vlesshal, Middelburg, NL

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