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David McCracken

David McCracken’s sculptures elevate humble objects into memorable artefacts. He is interested in the role of performance in the production and reception of sculptured artworks. He conceptualises his practice as a form of enactment, in which different processes and methods construct and stage the artistic product. The completed sculpture is in itselfa type of drama for David in that it manifests various sensory inputs and personal responses. Display renders the sculpture’s purpose and artist’s vision complete. The sculpted object’s reason for existence is validated through the act of being publicly viewed. It is not merely an object, but is an artwork enriched with layers of interpretation, acquired through the viewer’s gaze.

David has been exhibiting works throughout the country since 2000. Primarily made from fabricated steel, his sculptures have been included in outdoor exhibitions including Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Shapeshifter and Sculpture in the Gardens. In 2013, he was recipient of the Parsons and Brinckerhoff Award for Excellence in Engineering at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf and winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award in 2014. David is represented by Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland and established his shared studio at Corban Estate Arts Centre in 2015.

Text and images courtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery.

He is represented by Gow Langsford Gallery

'Blown Dodecahedron' (2005) welded stainless steel, 1100mm diameter

'Walking to the Mainland' (2005) welded aluminium 8000 x 1200 x 3600mm

'Untitled' (2015)
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