11 Oct 2017
Marian Goodman Gallery
Reviewed by Jan Castro
Tony Cragg's recent sculptures challenge viewers to see the insides as well as outsides of materials.
For this exhibition, Cragg's mega-ton work was crane-lifted through the gallery's 4th story windows on 57th Street. Works in bronze, steel, aluminum, wood, and stone entail multiple processes ranging from drawing, casting, and handwork to innovative, computer-assisted visualizations. Each form is unique, labor-intensive, and visually complex.
Thicket (2016), a lyrical steel sculpture four feet high, is a playful version of the light-filled hedges where Cragg played as a child on his grandparents' farm. Sail (2017), an onyx ovoid almost six feet tall, has curving, interlocking convolutions and patterns that give the white stone a radiant light.
Each energy-filled form contains abstract, figurative, rational, and emotional elements. Cragg's art-puzzles allude to their interior spaces and suggest that the deeper knowledge of the world is as crucial to life as what we can see.
|Exhibition||Tony Cragg link|
|Start date||12 Sep 2017|
|End date||14 Oct 2017|
|Presenter||Marian Goodman Gallery link|
|Venue||24 West 57th Street, New York City, NY, USA map|
|Image||Tony Cragg, Thicket, 2016, steel, 48 3/8 x 44 1/2 x 53 1/8 inches, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery|
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