- “I often use colour to attack form, to break it down a little or begin to dissolve it.”
- “I am not at all interested in ‘pure’ colour or in colour as a transcendental presence… So if I use colours to begin to dissolve forms, I also use forms to prevent colours becoming entirely detached from their everyday existence.”
Tony Cragg is a British sculptor known for his exploration of unconventional materials. With his use of plastic, fiberglass, bronze, Kevlar, and other materials
Characterized by their rippled figurative structures, Craggs’ sculptures embody a paused dynamism as halted mid-movement, resulting in swirling abstractions.
Sir Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living sculptors. This major retrospective, presented in the artist’s eightieth year, surveys over fifty years of his work. On show are seminal pieces from the early 1960s, including the ground-breaking steel sculptures which established Caro’s reputation, in the context of new and recent works in which fresh lines of innovation and development are apparent.
Caro first achieved widespread recognition in the early 1960s. He abandoned his earlier, figurative way of working which involved modelling in clay and casting in bronze, and began to make purely abstract works: sculpture constructed and welded in steel, comprising beams, girders and other found elements painted in bright colours. Such works caused a sensation, provoking a response from some critics that these constructions were not sculpture at all.
Nevertheless, Caro’s innovations heralded a revolution in art. Within a short period, conventional ideas about materials, surface, scale, form and space were overturned by his radical reworking of all these elements. Foremost was Caro’s insistence on the immediate, real, physical presence of the sculpture – placed directly on the ground – a principle which became widely imitated and subsequently becoming a touchstone for contemporary sculpture.
Geoffrey Mann Studio founded in 2005 is based in Edinburgh, UK. Mann graduated Royal College of Art Ceramics & Glass department in 2005 and is the current Programme Director of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art.
Mann explores design that begins neither with the product not with the person but in the ‘charged’ space in between.
Shinichi Maruyama exemplifies the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi–the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. In his work, he captures the underlying principle of energetic interactions between forms. The artist first started halting the passage of time through images of suspended liquids forms intending to collide in mid-air. In his series Nudes, Maruyama has more recently collaborated with dancers to create a sense of motion in a single photograph, through layering different frames. In its spatial illusionism and meticulous details, he inevitably points to a vortex of visual forms and sensations, where spontaneity and control stand in perfect balance. The artist’s status lies in his ability to create a new abstract visual language that generates motion and stillness in perpetuum.
Based on his ideas on transposition and movement the artist Peter Jansen uses shapes of the human body to create energetic spaces.
In his earlier works he focused on open spaces, created almost free of matter and weight.
In his recent sculptures he captures sequences of human movements in space and time, in a single frame.