John McCracken, “Untitled (Black Block)”, 1971 (reflecting “Theta-Two” 1965)
A retrospective worthy of the Museum of Trendy Artwork, 5 many years of sculpture by the late California minimalist John McCracken is at present on view within the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Praised for his sweet-coloured wall-leaning planks that blur the road between portray and sculpture, I most take pleasure in his work’s potential to confuse actuality and reflection.
The surfaces of those fiberglass & resin coated plywood buildings are SO good that it’s troublesome (downright unattainable in a number of) to take a look at the sculptures themselves earlier than your eyes focus as an alternative on the room mirrored in them. My strategy to photographing the present was subsequently to not keep away from the reflections, however shoot the present via them.
John McCracken, “Strato”, 2005 (reflecting “Untitled”, 1982)
John McCracken, “Inexperienced Slab in Two Elements”, 1966 (reflecting “Untitled (Black Field)”, 1971)
McCracken spent hours portray, sanding, and sprucing every of those by hand. The result’s oxymoronic: objects each good and human.
John McCracken, “M87″, 1988 (reflecting the sidewalk outdoors and “Blue Block in Three Elements”, 1966)
John McCracken, “M87″, 1988 (reflecting “Thought”, 2002)
John McCracken, “Six Columns”, 2006 (reflecting “Untitled”, 1967)
John McCracken, “Six Columns”, 2006 (reflecting “Earth Velocity”, 1987)
John McCracken, “Truthful”, 2011, chrome steel
In 2011, the final yr of his life, McCracken went “full mirror” with polished chrome steel and bronze. The triangular column above almost disappears because it fragments the staircase by architect Annabelle Selldorf (a murals itself).
John McCracken, “Truthful”, 2011
John McCracken, “Black Block” 1966, with set up at David Zwirner Gallery
Upstairs, a room of smaller sculptures is my favourite. They pack the identical visible punch because the monumental plank and column works downstairs but possess a larger sense of preciousness… like Fabergé eggs of our time.
John McCracken Set up at David Zwirner Gallery
Close by, a row of his sketches are protected by Plexiglas “frames” which (deliberately or not) catch the reflection of neighboring sculptures, and like this complete exhibition, reveal one thing new and sudden with each shift of perspective.
John McCracken, “Untitled”, 1967 (reflecting the writer)
What: John McCracken: Works from 1963-2011Where: David Zwirner Gallery, 520 W twentieth St, New York, NYWhen: September eleven, 2013 – October thirteen, 2013
All Pictures courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York. © The Property of John McCracken. Photographed by David Behringer.