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Tony Cragg

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Tony Cragg's sculpture is endlessly multivalent, ranging from witty works that involve stacking and accumulation (often with found odds and ends such as glass bottles and wooden handles) to highly finished, autonomous carved figures and grand standing vessels. Extraordinarily sensitive to texture, he puts a variety of materials through the paces, sometimes polishing them to slick perfection, other times roughing them up, even scarifying them, as if to suggest pain. There's invariably a whimsical vigor and bizarre integrity to his protean objects, all the more so because they seem peculiarly indecisive and unresolved, as though they were still developing.

I'm Alive, 2000, declares a curve, bending and stretching in what looks like an agonizing exercise—a protoplasmic body just flexible enough not to break—while Secretion (Urge), 2000, seems the embodiment of an impulse, growing more monstrous

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