Tol, 2015-2016, Coated steel, glass, printed glass, mirror, felt, 198 x 154 x 84.5 cm   

Video interview with Abigail Reynolds discussing the work here

Based in Cornwall, UK, Abigail Reynolds studied English Literature at Oxford University before pursuing Fine Art at Goldsmiths University. Her interest in books prompts her collage, sculpture, film and printmaking. Reynolds is a devoted and methodical collector of books, which she uses as her site of research and the source of material for her work. In particular photographs and plates are taken from their original context and utilized to new ends.

Working within the British landscape tradition Reynolds often uses the countryside as a site for her exploration of past, present and future. Using the cultural remains of our recent past the artist’s working practice attempts to make connections; searching for patterns, rhythms and networks of association and meaning. Her sculptural assemblages and three-dimensional collages splice disparate images together releasing them from the time of their capture and opening them to more complex meaning and association.

The books which Reynolds collects are however as equally important to her as objects, as they are as sites of information. Best known for her framed wall based work Reynolds practice owes as much to sculpture as it does to photography or collage. For her installation at Art Basel Hong Kong ROKEBY will present Tol, the artists most ambitious and complex sculpture to date. In earlier works Reynolds has used glass to transformative effect, tinting photographs, creating veils or screens or in the case of incorporated bariole glass, to formally align patterns with shapes within photographs. Glass, brought into freestanding screens, has hitherto been used as a support for book pages, but never before has the artist printed directly to glass, as is the case with Tol.

Tol’s physical structure directly references Itea, a print by Barbara Hepworth from the Aegean Suite, 1971. The title points to the ancient Mên-an-Tol stone formation which Reynolds passes each day on her journey to the studio. Pictured on the printed glass one image has been taken from Daphne du Maurier’s book, Vanishing Cornwall. A text fragment printed onto the glass is from Du Maurier, conveying the ritual significance of the holed stone for women in history. The other image incorporated in the sculpture is of Godrevy lighthouse, another local landmark that is said to have inspired Virginia Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse.
Tol implicates the viewer directly through its sculptural presence and the various surfaces reflecting, obscuring or distorting the body and immediate architecture as one moves around it. At the same time the images printed upon it are animated, repeated, mirrored and refracted so that that time is experienced as a kaleidoscope of references and representations, and the viewers gaze itself is disrupted and fragmented. And so the sculpture can be seen to re-present numerous concerns of Modernism evident in literature, fine art and also architecture. Upon the walls alongside the artists collages are brand new folded lithographs, which disassemble rationalist Modernist architecture and again fracture intended order.

Abigail Reynolds gradated from Goldsmiths in 2002. In 2014 she completed a residency at Otis College of Art and Design, LA, USA and in 2013 she completed a two-year residency with Rambert Dance, which culminated in Double Fold a performance at Rambert’s new home on the South Bank. The artist has exhibited internationally including exhibitions at at The Sir John Soane's Museum, London, Baltic 39, Newcastle, The Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, Manchester City Art Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, UK and Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen amongst others. Reynolds has just been awarded Arts Council funding towards her new film The Mother’s Bones.

Private View (by invitation only)
Tuesday, 22.03.2016, 15.00 - 20.00
Wednesday, 23.03.2016, 13.00 - 17.00
Wednesday, 23.03.2016, 17.00 - 21.00
Public Days
Thursday, 24.03.2016, 13.00 - 21.00
Friday, 25.03.2016, 13.00 - 20.00
Saturday, 26.03.2016, 11.00 - 18.00

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong, China