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 (Isleworth, 1947 – Voewood, Norkolf, 2014). In London in the early sixties the general artistic trend was American-inspired Pop Art.  However, Ackling’s tutor, Roy Ascott, was interested in technology and cybernetics. Ascott was very influential for Ackling, who acquired a strong interest in his ideas and developed confidence in his work as an artist. As a consequence, 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.

During the 1980s and 1990s Ackling held exhibitions in galleries, museums and art centres all over the world, mainly in Europe and Japan. His work is included in important international collections.

Roger Ackling's Works

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
12,2 x 41 x 0,8 cm | 4,7 x 16,2 x 0,4 in
Sunlight on wood with wire

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
20,5 x 4,3 x 1,6 cm | 2 x 1,6 x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
7,5 x 5 cm | 2,8 x 1,8 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 6 x 1,4 x 0,8 in
Sunlight on wood and wire

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 2,7 x 1,8 x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 1,5 x 3 x 3 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 16,2 x 9,7 x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 12,2 Ø x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
12 x 8,7 Ø cm | 4,7 x 3,3 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
30 x 4,5 x 1,2 cm | 11,7 x 1,7 x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
44 x 13,2 cm | 17,4  x 5,2 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
31,5 x 5,2 cm | 12,4 x 2 in (each)
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
28,6 x 3,2 Ø cm | 11 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄4 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
25,5 x 6,5 Ø cm | 10 x 2 1⁄2 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
25,5 x 5,4 x 1,3 cm | 10 x 2 1⁄8 x 0 1⁄2 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
15,2 x 9,5 x 2 cm | 5,8 x 3,7 x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
35,7 x 24,6 x 0,9 cm | 14 x 9 5⁄8 x 0 3⁄8 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
30,3 x 5 x 3,5 cm | 11,8  x 1,8 x 1,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm |10 1⁄2 x 1 3⁄4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
17,2 x 4,6 x 3,7 cm | 6,7 x 1,8 x 1,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
14,5 x 4 cm | 5,7  x 1,5 in
Sunlight on wood and peg

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
11 x  21,6 x  1,7 cm / 10,7 x 21,6 x 1,6 cm  | 4,4 x 8,5 x 0,5 in / 4,2 x 8,5 x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
5 x 5 x 5 cm | 1,7 x 1,7  x 1,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
12,3 x 0,8 cm | 19,8  x 0,8 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
12,2 x 41 x 0,8 cm | 4,7 x 16,2 x 0,4 in
Sunlight on wood with wire

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
20,5 x 4,3 x 1,6 cm | 2 x 1,6 x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
7,5 x 5 cm | 2,8 x 1,8 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 6 x 1,4 x 0,8 in
Sunlight on wood and wire

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 2,7 x 1,8 x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 1,5 x 3 x 3 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 16,2 x 9,7 x 0,6 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm | 12,2 Ø x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
12 x 8,7 Ø cm | 4,7 x 3,3 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2011
30 x 4,5 x 1,2 cm | 11,7 x 1,7 x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
44 x 13,2 cm | 17,4  x 5,2 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
31,5 x 5,2 cm | 12,4 x 2 in (each)
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
28,6 x 3,2 Ø cm | 11 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄4 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
25,5 x 6,5 Ø cm | 10 x 2 1⁄2 Ø in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
25,5 x 5,4 x 1,3 cm | 10 x 2 1⁄8 x 0 1⁄2 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
15,2 x 9,5 x 2 cm | 5,8 x 3,7 x 0,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
35,7 x 24,6 x 0,9 cm | 14 x 9 5⁄8 x 0 3⁄8 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
30,3 x 5 x 3,5 cm | 11,8  x 1,8 x 1,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
15,4 x 3,7 x 2,5 cm |10 1⁄2 x 1 3⁄4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
17,2 x 4,6 x 3,7 cm | 6,7 x 1,8 x 1,4 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
14,5 x 4 cm | 5,7  x 1,5 in
Sunlight on wood and peg

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
11 x  21,6 x  1,7 cm / 10,7 x 21,6 x 1,6 cm  | 4,4 x 8,5 x 0,5 in / 4,2 x 8,5 x 0,5 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
5 x 5 x 5 cm | 1,7 x 1,7  x 1,7 in
Sunlight on wood

Roger Ackling, Voewood, 2012
12,3 x 0,8 cm | 19,8  x 0,8 in
Sunlight on wood