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Almine Rech

John McCracken

"I try to make beautiful objects that are strongly material and that at the same time have on otherwordly appearance, like mental visions."

Although working with the Minimalist theory from the outset, John McCracken (1934-2011) has never denied individual sensibility and the artist’s manual activity in favour of industrial manufacture. Both painting and sculpture, the 'plank', is a wood core, spray painted and cast in colored Polyester resin lacquer. Hand polished by the artist to reach his desired Finish Fetish, the plank is the work that best symbolizes his activity. In his practice, the idea of reflection has an essential place, encompassing the environment by reflecting it, the onlooker becomes aware simultaneously of the space he is in, and the object he is looking at.

Selected artworks

  • John McCracken,                                      Untitled, Black Column, 1977

    John McCracken Untitled, Black Column, 1977

    Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
    292,1 x 121,9 x 73.7 cm
    115 x 48 x 29 inches

  • John McCracken,                                      Untitled, 1972

    John McCracken Untitled, 1972

    Polyester resin, fiberglass and wood
    250,2 x 45,7 x 4.1 cm
    98 1/2 x 18 x 1 5/8 inches

  • John McCracken,                                      Dark Matter, 1990

    John McCracken Dark Matter, 1990

    Polyester resin, fiberglass and plywood
    22,9 x 228,9 x 40,6 cm
    9 x 90 1/8 x 16 inches

John McCracken, 2004
© John McCracken, courtesy Almine Rech. All rights reserved.

Museum exhibitions

Selected press