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Toby Paterson

Toby Paterson Consensus and Collapse
Exhibition 30 January – 28 March 2010

Toby Paterson makes paintings, reliefs and constructions which explore the relationship between abstraction and reality. He has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture which he deconstructs both materially and politically, developing a practice in which some works are almost understandable as architecture, while others are expressions of purely abstract form.

Paterson was born in Glasgow in 1974, and still lives and works in the city. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2002 was the winner of the Beck’s Futures art prize. As well as his more gallerybased practice, he makes art for the public realm, and was recently the recipient of several public commissions, notably the completed Powder Blue Orthogonal Pavilion, part of the Portavilion project in London and Poised Array, a work made for the façade of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow. Paterson has also been appointed lead artist on the extension to the Docklands Light Railway for the London Olympics in 2012.

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Talks and Events

Artist’s Talk
Toby Paterson in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Abstraction and Experience: British Constructivism and Toby Paterson
Art historian Martin Hammer (University of Edinburgh) talks about the work of artists such as Mary Martin, Ben Nicholson and Victor Pasmore, exploring with Stacy Boldrick (The Fruitmarket Gallery) the aesthetic and political relationships between Paterson’s work and British Constructivist and Constructionist art and architecture.

Toby Paterson Panel Discussion – Rising into Ruins

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Published to accompany the exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery Toby Paterson makes paintings, reliefs and constructions which explore the relationship between abstraction and reality. He has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture which he deconstructs both materially and politically, developing a practice in which some works are almost understandable as architecture while others are expressions of purely abstract form.

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