Cast Glances

2002
Bronze
240 x 190 x 160 cm
Edition of 1

Cast Glances is from Cragg’s Rational Beings series. Manipulated almost beyond recognition, the piece comprises elliptical ‘slices’ arranged on top of one another around a vertical axis, allowing them to expand vertically. This work is not purely an exercise in geometry, rather it combines the geometric and the organic. The ellipses that form this work can also be seen as the outline of human profiles. Many of the works from Cragg’s Rational Beings series are characterised not only by the presence of profiles, but also by portraying a sense of movement. Cast Glances is comprised of two profiles, sitting one atop the other. The sense of movement comes from the very subtle definition of the profiles, which appear to be either emerging from or disappearing into the form of the sculpture.

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About The Artist

Tony Cragg began making work at a time when Minimalism and Conceptual Art were developing rapidly. As such Cragg recognised the need to produce work that developed 'an alphabet of sculpture' from pre-established conventional art materials and techniques. In the 1970's his works were mostly made with found objects through which Cragg questioned and tested material possibilities. Later pieces demonstrated a shift of interest to surface quality and how this could be manipulated through unlikely juxtapositions of materials such as bronze, steel, plastic, rubber, glass, wood, plaster and more. These found works developed into a series of fabricated vessels, which he titled Early Forms in which Cragg’s interest was in the idea of a container as metaphor for the body. His later works, known as Rational Beings, develop this interest into a series of articulated columns, no longer concerned with the organic, but with the dynamic. In these works profiles emerge and disappear from their surfaces and thereby push towards a new abstracted understanding of the human figure. Recently he has been confronting notions of compression and expansion in his works where recognisable forms such as facial profiles, although distorted, become apparent. These works have an almost futuristic element to them, reminiscent of technology synonymous with 3D printing or engineering more familiar at NASA.

Tony Cragg

Born: 1949

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