For LDF 2021 James Rigler presented new work as part of an ongoing investigation into the functional potential of his sculptural work. Taking inspiration from Glasgow’s distinctive architecture and its history of decay and renaissance, Rigler produced the Glasgow Triptych, a series of monumental, austere forms with a weathered black-and-verdigris surface. These forms use the language of grandiose buildings spliced with humble object types: a shelf, a candlestick and a table.
“I see these pieces as an opportunity to use the weight and power of grand architecture to elevate the ordinary domestic realm; at the same time, this approach offers a way to tame or deflate the pomposity of our historic buildings, re-contextualising their visual language for everyday use. I’m fascinated by the language of architectural decoration, and how it helps to define the hierarchy of buildings and spaces in our cities, but it’s also problematic: who gets to choose which places and people are celebrated, and why?”
Rigler, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, works with three London galleries and showrooms: Marsden Woo, Sarah Myerscough and The New Craftsmen. His work was presented at LDF in 2019 as part of Phantasms at LASSCO, an exhibition curated by Charlotte Kingsnorth. He is currently developing a site-responsive project with The New Craftsmen, creating a table and light inspired by Holkham Hall in Norfolk, launching in September.