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Tony Cragg | Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Tony Cragg | Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Tony Cragg | Yorkshire Sculpture Park | passionpalette.com

Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Ends 3rd September 2017 | FREE

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a unique challenge that few are sufficiently accomplished to take on. To take over a venue of this magnitude requires an extensive body of work as distinguished in stature as the environment it is surrounded by. A collaboration with nature must be an exciting yet daunting prospect for any artist to embrace.

 

In its 40th anniversary the Yorkshire Sculpture Park enrols celebrated British Sculptor, Tony Cragg into their history books...His abstract, yet figurative works make for an intriguing addition to the landscape.

 

Upon entering the park the commanding bronze sculpture Caldera (2008) surveys all who pass standing nearly five metres in height and offering a glimpse of what is in store. Contorted shapes twist and curl in animated form responding to the changing light of day to dramatic affect. Here YSP present new sculptures, works on paper and key pieces selected from the five decades of the artist's career.

 

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Caldera, 2008 Bronze Sculpture by Tony Cragg. Photo credit Jonty Wilde.

Cragg's experience working as a lab technician exposed him to the limitless possibilities that transforming materials using industrial processes can bring. This experimentative practice led to a fascination and creative relationship with materials, which has informed his work ever since.

He went on to study at London’s Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art where his knowledge of materials was fused with artistic instruction.

Major sculptures in the open air, including McCormack 2007 and Outspan 2008, make way for works such as Minster 1990 and previously unseen work in white stone Accurate Figure 2011 inside the Underground Gallery.

Cragg came to the forefront of contemporary art in 1988 after receiving the Turner Prize for George and the Dragon 1988. He also represented Britain at the 42. Venice Biennale that same year. He has been referred to as both an installation artist and contemporary sculptor.

 
Seldom is there a sculptor so adept at working with such a variety of materials. He does not just work with these materials, he understands them, he transforms them into something greater. The sheer variation of materials used aluminium, onyx, wood, stainless steel, bronze, stone, clay and glass evoke different emotional experiences as observers relate differently to each. 
 
See Cragg in conversation in the video below.
 
 

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