photo: SAIKI Taku

One Way or Another

ArtistTony CRAGG
Year2001
Material/ Techniquemarble
Size/ DurationH247×W90×D90cm
Copyright Notice© Tony CRAGG
Year of acquisition/ donation2002
DescriptionBorn in Liverpool, UK in 1949. Lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany.

Tony Cragg consistently keeps making works that reflect his insight into objects and the relationship between them. His approach is to examine the shape and function of a wide range of objects from the manmade to the natural world, and to reveal their deep connections. The arrangement of objects expresses a sense of organisms, in which a part becomes the whole and the whole becomes a part. He also pays attention to fluctuations in the usefulness and exchange value of objects according to their functions. In recent years, he has made many solid sculptures focusing on analyzing organic life forms.

"My Own" is a work produced by transforming a freehand drawing of an organic form into a solid sculpture. As your viewpoint changes, different shapes appear, and a series of curves appears to be in motion. Combining geometric shapes and using chemical substances such as resin, he creates organic shapes that conjure up part of the body or internal organs. That is his distinctive style, and we can observe that the artist is searching for the links between different objects and between objects and people. "One Way or Another", marble, a hard substance, forms an upright shape winding around like a tornado. Cragg’s work can be divided into two categories: first, pieces in which objects with a fixed form such as a dice or wine glass are piled up one after another to make larger structures, and second, works created from his interest in organic life forms. The characteristics of the two are combined in this work. The horizontal sections consist of circles different in size, and an organic form is created by piling them on top of each other with some jutting out to the right and some to the left. You can imagine that Cragg has a deep insight into how simple shapes and their arrangements can produce entirely new forms.

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