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March 2017
Vol. 36 No. 2

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International Sculpture Center
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Tony Cragg: Fighting Gravity
by Rajesh Punj
Tony Cragg, Willow III Tony Cragg's new works - contortions of wood, metal, and stone perfectly manipulated by man and machine - represent a kind of beauty as close to nature and as far removed from Modernist ideals as his practice allows. He regards every twist and turn of their organic and artificial elements as a moral mutiny against the hardened lines and fixed edges that define everything else. Having spent much of his adult life organizing and ordering stacked, shelved, packed, and placed sculptures, Cragg has absorbed new technologies as a way of making works that are impossible to comprehend and accomplish by hand alone. These recent works both extend and break away from his approach in the 1970s and 1980s, when his sculptures were much more elemental, the product of a process of selecting and rearranging readymades into creative configurations. Replacing stacks of broken bricks and furniture with the metamorphic energy inherent in bronze and wood, he sees sculpture as an opportunity to understand perfection, and the object, from the inside out, leading us into a parallel sphere of sculptural rationality, if not reality....see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.

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Tony Cragg, Willow III, 2016. Wood, 123 x 110 cm.

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