Toby Paterson: Thresholds
Subtle, sculptural works created in a response to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres
This article is from 2015.
The slick new gallery space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop plays host to a series of similarly refined sculptures by Scottish artist Toby Paterson. Given the scope of the artist’s previous projects there is something underwhelming about these small and unassuming relief objects, which seem to belong in the early 20th century. But given time and understanding they do begin to reveal their hidden depths.
Paterson created the sculptures, alongside independent curator Judith Winter, in response to Scotland’s seven Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres; architecturally designed cancer care centres, founded by and named after the late designer Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Given the delicacy of the brief and the fact that each sculpture will eventually be located into one of the Maggie’s Centres, it seems fitting that the aluminium sculptures should be as discreet as they are, with subtle, reflective surfaces only revealing panels of colour at certain angles.
Paterson explains: ‘The scale of these reliefs means they almost need to be “discovered” and that seems appropriate for the context we’re working with. I want to make things that don’t demand your attention but that have the potential to draw your attention.’ Paterson’s sculptures are characteristically minimal, but one can’t help wondering if even some traces of the artist’s hand at work would have brought a greater level of humanity to them.
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 551 4490, until 29 Aug, free.