, 2014, acrylic on acrylic, 92.4x92.4cm.
is an ongoing series that originated in a desire to explore painting as a site where material, colour and gesture originate in language, data, and instruction. Bigland has devised a system that translates numbers in Sudoku puzzle solutions (grids of 81 numbers) taken from daily newspapers, into a code that makes the decisions about all the constituent elements of the paintings - dimensions, support, composition, colour, paint application, hanging, titling and price. Paradoxically, this apparent limitation opens up possibilities and seemingly limitless permutations - there are approximately 5.5 billion possible Sudoku puzzles. As objects however, the work quickly leaves language behind. They are dependent on it and on the arbitrary system for their genesis but not necessarily for their meaning. But where does their meaning reside? Is it inherent in the objects or in the system that generated them? Do they even need to be made for their meaning to exist?
Bigland studied BA Fine Art at Bath College of Higher Education and gained MFA Fine Art from Bath Spa University in 2014. Exhibitions include Postcard, Surface Gallery Nottingham; Arctic Fox, Vulpes Vulpes, London; Unification, Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham; as well as the Evolver Prize, Worcester Open, Zeitgeist Open and 4th Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize; Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. His publications include The Blue Notebook Vol. 8 No. 1 (Impact Press) and his work is held in collections at MOMA, New York and UWE, Bristol.
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