Elliptical Column

2012
Stainless steel
580 x 154 x 136 cm
Edition of 1

This tall slender stainless steel sculpture was the largest work to be exhibited as part of the exhibition on Exhibition Road in 2012, but it appears to maintain a particular weightlessness. This apparition stems from the slender, stacked shape and polished finish that reflects the sculpture's surroundings. Looking at this work, the viewer is met not only with a reflection of themselves, but also other profiles, retreating and emerging from the surface of the work. This sculpture was previously on display as part of Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road (25 August - 25 November, 2012). To find out more, click here.

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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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