Sunday 13 September 2015
The exibition of Tony Cragg will be hosted at Benaki Museum from September 10, 2015 to November 8, 2015. In his recent works Cragg has been pushing towards a new abstracted understanding of the figure.
For the last years, he has been playing with the notion of compression and expansion in the use of totemic structures where the appearance of the human profile is often a reclusive aspect of the overall structure.
He uses a composite structure created from slices of wood, epoxied together in forms that are curved, jagged, sturdy yet rigorous. For his bronzes and stainless steel he has developed a method for casting forms that appear to be liquid or molten.
Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. He began his education by focusing on technical studies that led him to work in a biochemistry laboratory before embarking on his art studies. He was awarded his M.A. from the Royal College of Art in London in 1977. He and teaches at Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts since 1979.
Cragg’s innovative use of urban and industrial detritus opened up a new territory for sculpture at the same time as dealing with environmental and social concerns in post-industrial Britain.
Cragg represented Britain at the XLIII Venice Biennale in 1988 and was awarded the Turner Prize the same year.