London 20 January - 25 February 2012
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition of new work by British artist Toby Ziegler. This group of paintings and sculptures deal with ideas of memory in an age of digital technology. The works trace an analogy between the degradation of images caused by repeated reproduction, and the systematic erosion and reinvention of memory over time. Both the sculptures and paintings begin with found images. Archaelogists' grainy photographs of Palaeolithic stone carvings and low resolutions jpegs of Flemish Old Master paintings serve as motifs, and seem to refer back to a past in which painting and sculpture functioned as both parable and symbol. The analogy is extended by Ziegler's process of approximation that comes with digitally manipulating these images and then finding analogue equivalents for the pixels and virtual polygons that result. In the paintings, there is a vicissitude from brush-mark to pixel and back to...