Toby Paterson is known for his gallery-based installations of painting and sculpture and the numerous commissions he has undertaken for indoor and outdoor public spaces. The forms and ideas inherent in architecture inspire his work, yet architecture is not explicitly its subject. Although he is currently particularly interested in the post-war reinvention of cities under the influence of Modernism, and is intrigued by what the cultural outcome of that influence has been, this interest stems primarily from a desire to extract personal visual and spatial experiences from such source material, as opposed to presenting an overarching analysis of the effects or meanings of architecture. He has stated that ‘…it is vital to me that the subjective observations that generate my work take place within a broader, collective context and not in rarefied isolation, hence my fascination with the fluctuating, actual state of cities.’
Paterson will spend 6 weeks at Cove Park. This residency follows a particularly intensive period of exhibitions and commissions, and the artist will use this time to review recent projects and to work speculatively in the studio.
This residency supports a visual artist based in Scotland at a key stage in their career. It enables the artist to undertake research, explore new ideas and make significant developments in their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme. Previous residents on this programme include Roderick Buchanan, Melanie Carvalho, Rob Churm, Henry Coombes, Luke Fowler, Michael Fullerton, Fiona Jardine, Torsten Lauschmann, Lorna Macintyre, Stephen Sutcliffe and Hugh Watt.
Image: ‘Landbanking 2’, 2013, Acrylic on aluminium, 1000 x 900 x 25mm