by John McCracken
Features ‘Space Odyssey: from Minimal Art to UFOs’, an introduction by Almine Rech.
Although working with the Minimalist theory from the outset, John McCracken (1934-2011, born in Berkeley, USA) has never denied individual sensibility and the artist’s manual activity in favor 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.