Study #4: Study on a Study (Mark Dineen), 2015
9.5" x 7.5" x 3"
Craig’s practice is inspired by the creative potential of common materials, which he sources from hardware stores and construction retailers. His furniture, lighting works, and installations are characterized by the surprising relationships made between these materials, and the unexpected outcomes of both subtle and forceful manipulations that alter their physicality and functions. This ongoing examination of everyday objects is in part inspired by Craig’s early training as an engineer, and his time spent working in stealth technology for the U.S. Navy.
For his 2018 exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Craig expands on his "Bronzed Stone Series", creating new works especially for the presentations. The Series was first conceived following Craig’s investigations of the ruins in the ancient Anatolian city of Perga, located in modern-day Turkey, where melted iron was poured between cut stones to create walls. In Craig’s hands this process is inverted, as molten bronze is poured over a diversity of concrete frames, forming load-bearing exoskeletons. The bronze sets almost as soon as it is poured, producing an organic build-up of globs, lines, and spatters that resemble a 3D line drawing.