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Tony Cragg

Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea

Tony Cragg uses a range of objects and materials to create his sculptures, typically according to preestablished systems that are at once unpredictable and precise. Trade-Wind, 1995, for example, comprised a harmonious, slanted arrangement of plaster vases placed one on top of the other in decreasing order, their surfaces covered with densely hatched pencil lines. He used the same principle of construction to generate an untitled piece in 1994, in which vases also appeared, although those were sandblasted, painted, and perforated with numerous holes.

Cragg’s sculptural pieces—or perhaps one should call them installations, given the size of many recent examples—often assume the aspect of primitive organisms, as they are so often conceived as concatenations of similar units. In some of the works in this show, this organic quality was heightened by explicit references to parts of the natural

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