Roger Ackling - interview

The visual artist's current exhibition features burnt images created using magnifying glasses

Roger Ackling - interview

What was the first exhibition you went to see?
Something at the Wallace Collection, London. Maybe Brueghel.

What was your first paid job as an artist?
Part time teaching at Wimbledon School of Art.

What kind of music do you listen to while you’re working?

What are the best things about opening nights?
Seeing friends. A glass of wine.

Do you read reviews of your work?

Which living artist should be better known than they currently are?
David Blackaller.

What has been your career highlight to date?
Making the work quietly by myself across the surface of the earth.

What is your favourite work of art?
Anything by Enku (17th century Japanese Buddhist monk and sculptor).

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Keep going, take it easy, but take it.

Roger Ackling, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 4 Feb–Sat 21 Apr.

Roger Ackling

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Ackling has laid old wooden garden tools along one wall of the gallery, while elsewhere a piece of string is held in place with halves of wooden clothes pegs. Only close inspection reveals markings made by a magnifying glass and the sun; possibly a statement that all destruction, creative or otherwise, is a function of…

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