Toby Ziegler, The Genesis Speech 2017. Daata has commissioned Toby Ziegler to create this new artwork available on Daata Edition as a Free Download, in tandem with his exhibition at the Freud Museum. Release Date is September 14th. daata-editions.com
The Genesis Speech on Daata Editions
A video created using Google’s reverse image search is installed on two facing screens. One displays a slowly shifting sequence of images: 15 eclectic representations of the hand, including Napoleon’s sceptre ‘The Hand of Justice’, a design for a futuristic prosthetic arm said to outperform the real thing and the dismembered hand from Evil Dead 2 which is reanimated and attempts to kill its former owner. These images have been pasted into an online ‘similar image search’ and each one yields dramatically different results. As the images of hands on the first screen slowly rotate, a second screen displays the corresponding ‘similar images’ like a sort of visual Chinese whispers, depicting a plethora of rapidly oscillating subjects ranging from Robert Rauschenberg’s tender portraits of Cy Twombly to catalogue photos of frying pans
Toby Ziegler was born in 1972 and lives and works in London, UK. His work has been shown extensively internationally and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Simon Lee Gallery London, UK (2016); The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2014); New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK (2014); Old Burlington Car Park, London, UK (2012); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK which travelled to Sarisalvo, Finland, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2011-2012). Major institutional group shows include me Collectors Room Berlin, Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2016); Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan which travelled to Itami City Museum of Art, Itami, Japan, Kochi Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, and Okayama Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan (2015); Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia (2013); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2010); The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2009-2010); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2008); Tate Britain, London, UK (2007).
His work is part of major private and public collections including The Arts Council of England; The British Council; Tate Britain; Saatchi Gallery; François Pinault Foundation; Zabludowicz Collection; Goss-Michael Foundation; Kadist Art Foundation; British Airways Collection; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.
From 15 September 2017, his work will be the subject of the solo exhibition Genesis Speech, at the Freud Museum, London.
Toby Ziegler is represented by Simon Lee Gallery