John McCracken | the artist
The artist John McCracken
Born 1934, Berkely, California, USA.
Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, .
Died April 8 2011, New York, .
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The geometric forms McCracken employed were typically built from straight lines: cubes, rectangular slabs and rods, stepped or quadrilateral pyramids, post-and-lintel structures and, most memorably, tall planks that lean against the wall. Usually, the form is painted in sprayed lacquer, which does not reveal the artist’s hand. An industrial look is belied by sensuous color…
"I was always primarily interested in form alone, but then to make a form, you have to make it out of something. So color seemed a natural material to use, because color is abstract…
McCracken calls his objects "blocks, slabs, columns, planks. Basic beautiful forms, neutral forms." For him, color is used as "material…"