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Tony Cragg

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Silicate, 1988
Glass and wood, 75 x 300 x 190 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
2012.42
© Tony Cragg, by SIAE 2012


Silicate is an accumulation of glass vessels that have been artificially sandblasted to suggest a frosted and eroded finish. Like archaeological remnants of humanityís progress, they seem to be aging naturally. Cragg draws attention to the dissolving boundaries between nature and artificiality, claiming that the natural world is increasingly man-made. His concern with materials and his usage of flasks and test tubes suggest that he has maintained a scientistís eye since his work as a laboratory assistant before he attended college.

credits: Hangar Design Group