Charles Ray

Plank Piece I-II

About this artwork

Ray was part of a wave of artists during the 1970s who addressed sculpture as an activity rather than as an object. In the iconic two-part photographic work 'Plank Piece' the artist documents the use of his own body as the sculptural component. The static photograph belies the performative nature of the activity presented. Contrived through a complex balance between weight and gravity the artist suspended his body using only a plank of wood, creating a minimal, graphic image that is at once humorous and unsettling.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Charles RayAmerican (born 1953)
  • title:
    Plank Piece I-II
  • date created:
    1973
  • materials:
    2 photographs, black and white, on paper on board
  • measurements:
    Each: 109.00 x 76.10 x 5.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00342
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Charles Ray

Charles Ray