Past

Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings

  • 30th July − 6th November 2011 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | £7 (£5)

Beginnings

From the early to mid-1970s Cragg studied at Wimbledon College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. On leaving the Royal College in 1977 he moved to Wuppertal in central Germany where he made works from found materials — man-made urban waste, such as broken toys, chair seats and plastic bottles — that he gathered on walks.

Runner, a wall-based work made in 1985 is typical of this period, in which individual fragments of waste were used to create a new image. Rather than seeing such raw materials as ‘rubbish’, Cragg views these discarded plastic objects as significant in terms of shedding light on contemporary life in the same way that an ancient artefact might tell us something about another culture.

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