Monday, October 31, 2011

Lost in Thought

Declination (2004)

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

There has been so many exhibits I would have love to write about, like the Thomas Huseago oudoor exhibit at the Edinburgh Botanical Garden or the fantastic Rauschenberg exhibit at the Inverleith House.
But I find myself in the mood for Tony Cragg's dreamy, smart and wavy sculptures. The volume of his work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is immense and astonishing, showing about 50 sculptures from the last 15 years.

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. He studied science as well as art, a unique combination that has brought forth his excellent play with materials. He started out with experimenting with rubber, then using found materials like man-made waste, broken toys, plastic bottles and chair seats in the late 70´s. In the 80´s he began casting in Iron and Bronze, then finding a way to attach color to cast bronze in the early 2000. While he also has been working with wood, stone, steel and fiberglas he has also been creating a lot of drawings.

Hollow Head, 2011

Constructur, 2007
Stainless steel

All of Tony Cragg's sculptures are handmade, a team of assistants helps out with the completion. The dynamical precision feels utterly complete.

Outspan, 2008

McCormack, 2007

Elbow, 2010

Lost in thought, (insert) 2011

Tony Cragg studied at, Glouchestershire College of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He is now a Professor and The Principal at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. Perhaps one more reason to consider studying there, for the once that are on the lookout?

With Love


  1. I would like to put my hands on them !
    Best regards,


  2. Hermosas esculturas y no menos hermosas las im√°genes de ellas.
    Un saludo

  3. modern and somhow very classic... i like the round forms... they move...
    and god! Edinburgh! never been there but its my dream place to visit! one day it will happen : )

  4. 50 sculptures in any capacity by a single artist is impressive but these wavy forms are impressive alone too-

  5. These pieces are really pretty. I love sculptures that tell a story.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  6. i adore this work, so glad i discovered him. thanks big time!

  7. these are amazing, so avant-garde and unique...I'm definitely going to look him up, thanks for the wonderful introduction
    Have a great day
    Claudia xo

  8. These materials and shapes are so cool!

  9. oh these are so beautiful. my favourite is the very first, and possibly McCormack.

    i love when an artist combines science and art.

  10. Those shapes blow my mind. Such a fantastic pieces, darling. happy Tuesday night. xo

  11. These are amazing. To turn solid material into such fluid looking and organic shapes is just fantastic. Hope you have a good week xo

  12. these make me happy. they are just so beautiful!!! i really like the elbow... i wonder what that says about me?

  13. that is the coolest sculptures that i've seen in the longest time!

  14. I'm drawn to the Constructur...So cool!