increasing subtlety of the surface work and the complexity of the formal
analogies in the Early Forms are clear indications of the process of
refinement that took place between Anthony Craggs works of the eighties
and the nineties. But the use of bronze, one of the heaviest and technically
most complex of the cast materials, working on which is comparable with
a heavy industrial production process, takes the artistic subtlety of
the Early Forms back to the elemental sphere of material treatment that
is fundamentally important to Anthony Cragg's entire output as a sculptor.
Cragg's fascination with the production process and his intensive, partly
also directly physical involvement with the artistic material possibly
goes back to his early experience of work in a Bristol foundry making
electric motors. He has often said that his first objects simply derived
from his "memory of the factory and a need to bring out this energy
in a certain sense, this dynamic with material."
The weight of the material and the dynamics of the production process,
as manifest in the powerful movements and coiling of Taurus (Early Forms),
thus create a link in the transferred sense between the sculpture and
the place for which it was made, the Daimler Motor factory in Untertürkheim.
Here, in one of the earliest and most progressive industrial production
locations, the long journey from a broken plate via the rough, bronze
Tribolites down to Taurus, the culmination of the Early Forms, seems
to find its way back to its origins.
Tour in the factory premises
public, access by application)