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1 + 1 = 2

Ackling, Roger and Long, Richard (2006) 1 + 1 = 2. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Ackling, Roger and Long, Richard

1+1=2 is a joint showing of two artists’ work, myself and Richard Long.

The show itself took over 18 months to complete and the installation in September 2006, also for us marked the 40th anniversary of first meeting and attending St Martins School of Art in London.

What made the show unique was that several works on show were made in collaboration. The structure of this collaboration was that both of us collected discarded driftwood; Richard Long from the River Avon near Bristol, myself from the sand dunes at Blakeney Point, north Norfolk. The wood was then exchanged for the other to work on, the results being artworks of shared response, determined by chance and mutual regard. Richard Long used Avon River mud to make the work. I used sunlight focused through a hand held lens to burn onto the surface-Richard Long fingerprint shapes-myself diamonds.

The diamond format I have been using for some time and is intended to work in several ways:
1. As a ‘time form image’. The top first dot, sunrise; the Centre, midday; the bottom last dot, sunset.
2. As a shape placed as a recognition of association with and interaction with a rejected, thrown away, surface.
3. As an image made in the belief that the human soul can exist and be externalised by ‘opening up a mind frame’ that directs internal spiritual energy outward onto a materialised surface where it registers, resonates and is potentially, through ‘another’s presence’, transferable.

My work as always is in part, supported also, by concepts from within Japanese aesthetics – notions of wabi and sabi.

Wabi/sabi is a belief of things which are imperfect and incomplete. Impermanent. The beauty of the modest, humble and the unconventional.

I don’t want my work to be timeless but to reach through time.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Current Research
For the past 30 years my research has dealt with an issue of the relationship of time and place. Questions therefore have arisen over what is time and what is place. Using sunlight focused through a hand held lens and directed on a range of discarded surfaces I have attempted to locate and state these issues within an artistic process.
Linear duration has been tested in different places on the earth's surface. At different times of the day, year and at different altitudes under a variety of atmospheric conditions and under different mind frames.
It is this latter concern 'different mind frames', that have opened issues of place; internal/ external to the body and caused notions of spiritual dimensions- sight/ insight.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres No Longer Active > International Centre for Fine Art Research (ICFAR)
Date: 7 September 2006
Related Websites: http://www.richardlong.org, http://www.icfar.co.uk, http://www.inglebygallery.com/artists_detail.php?id=23, http://www.annelyjudafineart.co.uk, http://www.arts.ac.uk/infinite/english/signatures/popsignra.php, http://www.konstruktivtendens.com/artists/Ackling/ra.htm
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Event Location: Von Lintel Gallert, New York, USA
Material/Media: driftwood, mud
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 13:27
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:45
Item ID: 766
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/766

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