Roger Ackling
Five Sunsets in One Hour 1978

Artwork details

Roger Ackling 1947–2014
Five Sunsets in One Hour
Date 1978
Medium Burnt lines on board and transfer lettering on card
Dimensions Support: 558 x 367 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1983
Not on display

Display caption

Ackling draws scorched lines by concentrating the sun’s rays through a hand-held magnifying glass. To obtain the ‘sun lines’ for this work, he stopped at given intervals during a walk up Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight. These five stages are ‘sunsets’ because each time the sun sank below his immediate horizon line, he had to climb higher to catch sight of it again.

Ackling called this particular work a ‘Country Sketch’ because it was made in the landscape and he wished to invest it with a degree of immediacy and informality.

February 2010

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