Istanbul Modern’s temporary space opens with an exhibition of the works of Anthony Cragg, one of the most original and innovative artists in contemporary sculpture today. A press conference was held on the occasion of the exhibition “Human Nature”, at which the artist was also present. “Human Nature” integrates Cragg’s experiments in sculpture since the 1980s into a comprehensive and chronological whole.
Presented in the exhibition are Cragg’s wall reliefs, which are among the artist’s early works, as well as examples from his “Early Forms” and “Rational Beings” series, in which he experimented with a variety of materials and techniques over the years. Also featured are drawings, which Cragg describes as part of his production process, and works in which he brings different contexts to the material and that reflect tendencies closely associated with his work.
Anthony Cragg, whose works are found in leading museum and institution collections around the world, was born in 1949 in Liverpool, where his father was an engineer in the aircraft industry. Starting in 1966, the artist worked for two years as a lab technician in the National Rubber Producers Research Association and was thus introduced to science before attending art school. To this day, Cragg’s studio contains publications on paleontology and biochemistry rather than books about art. He believes that sculpture and science and the worlds of physics and metaphysics complement one another and encourage thinking.
(Photo: BarisAras & ElifCakirlar)