David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by John McCracken. The artist was the subject of a solo exhibition at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium in 2004. His work has been featured prominently in recent major group shows including documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); The Los Angeles Art Scene, 1955-1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2006); A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (2004); and Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art From 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004). On the occasion of this solo exhibition–the artist’s fourth at David Zwirner–Radius Books will publish John McCracken: Sketchbook.
Since the mid-1960s, John McCracken has been a key figure in the conceptual expansion of abstract art, in particular, Minimalism. While the artist has explored many geometric formats during his career, he is best known for his "planks"–monochromatic, rectangular sculptures that lean against the wall. The sculptures consist of plywood forms coated with fiberglass and layers of polyester resin. Despite the seemingly industrial finish, each work is meticulously crafted and taken to a high polish by hand. The resulting form is strikingly brilliant, offering the viewer's reflection as a reminder of the heightened physicality of pure abstract form. Illusorily transparent, the works seem to emanate light, recalling McCracken's 1960s association with the Southern California "light and space" movement.