The News

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The News

Toby Christian
Swimming Pool, Sofia

29.10 – 26.11.17

Preview and in-conversation with Toby Christian, Max Slaven and Viktoria Draganova
Saturday 28th October | 6 – 9pm

Friday – Sunday | 4 – 7 pm, or by appointment
Swimming Pool
10 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
5th floor
Sofia 1000

David Dale Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new work by Glasgow based artist Toby Christian, at Swimming Pool, Sofia. The exhibition is the second of a series of exchanges between the two organisations, following on from the exhibition It is Forever Ours, which Swimming Pool curated at David Dale Gallery in the summer.

Christian’s exhibition The News, is a large-scale installation that extends the reflexive nature between his writing and sculptural processes. The domestic gallery space is here transformed through a cladding of knotted Bulgarian newspaper, among which he sites new stone sculpture and writing.


“I have a strong memory of my mum teaching me how to make a good fire. We would sit together tying knots of newspaper, and see who could make them the quickest. I remember noticing that my hands were much smaller than hers. We couldn’t use newspapers that were from that day, or the day before that, or the day before that, but it was ok to burn any newspapers older than that, as their news wasn’t news any longer.”
– Toby Christian, 2017.


Toby Christian lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Railing, at Raising Dust, Whitechapel Gallery (2017), Pedestrian Confetti, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Leeds (2015) and A Bunch of Keys, Nam Project, Milan (2015). Recent group exhibitions include We Were Having An Argument About Kenneth Koch’s ‘One Train May Hide Another’, Kingsgate Workshops, London, curated by Nadia Hebson, Paul Becker and George Vasey (2017), Quiz 2, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, curated by Alexis Vaillant and Robert Stadler (2016), Renderuin, with Duncan Marquiss, Glasgow International (2016) and Mais é Menos, Baró Galeria, São Paulo (2016). His books, Collar (2017) and Measures (2013) are published by Koenig Books, London.


With the support of the Cultural Program Sofia

Part of the Annex programme.