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Wall Mounted Excavation Preparation For Building sculpture. “Holes” are a series of large-scale painted plaster reliefs depicting excavations in Athens. They invite us to look and yet at the same time may even repel us with images seemingly lacking in beauty or interest. The views they show are of places which exist beyond our contemporary gaze, hidden behind hoardings and sandwiched between tall buildings. They are generally inaccessible to the public and the alien environment holds no attraction for visitors. Consequently these places become like oases in the city. Places where the complexities of everyday living are stripped away to reveal the raw material of everything, space. Gaps between the buildings and voids in the earth expose nothingness. I am drawn to these places, which are like glitches in a computer program, momentary lapses in the ceaseless regeneration of the city, where we can see once more bare earth and open space, the exposed raw material from which all the rest of the visible creation around us has sprung.

Artist Comment

You can almost literally get inside a relief in your mind. At least you can visualize how you would be able to exist, and move around within this `other` place. This powerful visual draw makes relief works highly approachable. It is also a fact that the viewer cannot in reality inhabit the space portrayed in a work of relief as they may do in a work of installation. But this does not diminish the potential for the relief to become associated with the viewer. On the contrary it may well be that the implication is all the more powerful given this actual barrier as this creates in the viewer the necessity to make a creative `leap of faith’, to undertake `a willing suspension of disbelief` in order to mentally inhabit the work.
x 45cm
x 60cm
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Hole VIII (Low/Bas Relief Carving Wall Mounted Panel)

by Toby Short
x 45cm
x 60cm
x width
x height


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