9 September to 10 October 2015
Taking the mythical lost land of Lyonesse as his starting point, this latest body of work sees James Rigler consider modernist architecture, reliquaries and IKEA flat packs. Walking the line between the everyday and the extraordinary, his new pieces attempt to re-imagine the idea of lost or precious places through contemporary concerns with city-building and mass-produced objects.
Embracing more explicitly architectural references, Riglerís recent work has been rooted in site-specific responses to historical decorative motifs. His recent period as artist-in-residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum resulted in an installation of giant ceramic roses in a secret room within Trajanís Column in the Cast Courts; his show earlier this year at Tramway, Glasgow, expanded existing elements of the gallery space into a forest of glossy Corinthian columns.
Lyonesse is an exploration and a celebration of architecture, loss and the ordinary, expressed through ceramic and mixed media works cut adrift from their original contexts to take on new meanings.
Image © James Rigler 2015
Born in New Zealand, JAMES RIGLER trained at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. He makes large, architecturally-inspired ceramic and mixed-media works that attempt to decode the hierarchies within objects and buildings. Often using highly-finished elements to mirror mass-produced objects, his work is both familiar and strange, precise yet handmade.
In 2013-14 Rigler undertook a six-month ceramics residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum and is included in their public collection. He has exhibited widely and examples of his work can also be found in the collections of the Crafts Council and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Additional residencies include; the International Ceramics Research Centre, Guldergaard, Denmark, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and Cove Park, Scotland. In 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious European Ceramic Context New Talent Award.
For more information, images, or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact
Siobhan Feeney or Tatjana Marsden
tel: +44(0)20 7336 6396