Roger Ackling - Exhibition view, 2010 © Galería Elvira González

Roger Ackling

Roger Ackling at his studio, Hackney, c. 1991.
Photo by John Riddy

Isleworth, United Kingdom, 1947 – Voewood, North Norfolk, United Kingdom, 2014

Just before it hits the ground I focus sunlight through a lens and redirect that energy. On occasions, I suppose in a rather theatrical way, I have said I work with something 93 million miles away. What matters is my lack of physical contact with the materials.

Roger Ackling decided to study painting at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where he quickly abandoned his work on canvas, influenced by the discovery of the possibilities of Povera and Conceptual art. Setting aside traditional materials and progressively incorporating the power of ideas, Roger Ackling, together with his colleagues Hamish Fulton, Gilbert and George or Richard Long, belongs to a new generation of artists who aspired to bring art outside the artist’s studio. For them, sculpture could be anything they wanted: a walk in the countryside, a bicycle trip across France or, as in the case of Ackling, a small piece of wood marked by the sun.

He started using magnifying glass to gather the sun rays onto the surfaces of leaves and sticks, and then began to use driftwood.

Roger Ackling's Works

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
20,2 x  6 x  1,5 cm | 7 ⅞ x 2 ⅜ x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
50,9 x  15,5 x  1,5 cm | 20 x 6 ⅛ x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
19,7 x  4,2 x  2 cm | 7 ¾ x 8 ½ x 0,7 in each
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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
40,5 x  4,2 cm | 16 x 10 ⅝ in
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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
23,2 x  6 x  1 cm | 9 x 2 ⅜ x 0,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
29,2 x  8,5 x  1,5 cm | 11 ½ x 3 ⅜ x 0,6 in
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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
30,4 x  5,7 x  1,3 cm | 11 ⅞ x 2 ¼ x 0,5 in
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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
11 x  21,6 x  1,7 cm | 4,2 x 8,5 x 0,5 in
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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
20,2 x  6 x  1,5 cm | 7 ⅞ x 2 ⅜ x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
50,9 x  15,5 x  1,5 cm | 20 x 6 ⅛ x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
19,7 x  4,2 x  2 cm | 7 ¾ x 8 ½ x 0,7 in each
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
40,5 x  4,2 cm | 16 x 10 ⅝ in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
23,2 x  6 x  1 cm | 9 x 2 ⅜ x 0,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
29,2 x  8,5 x  1,5 cm | 11 ½ x 3 ⅜ x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
30,4 x  5,7 x  1,3 cm | 11 ⅞ x 2 ¼ x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

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Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
11 x  21,6 x  1,7 cm | 4,2 x 8,5 x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

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