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James Croak

Thomas McEvilley

Published April 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780810963795
Hardcover
144 pages
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James Croak (b. 1951), one of Americas most original artists, has produced an astonishing and idiosyncratic body of work during the past 20 years. Using a variety of innovative materials and techniques, including taxidermy, latex rubber, tar, andMoreJames Croak (b. 1951), one of Americas most original artists, has produced an astonishing and idiosyncratic body of work during the past 20 years. Using a variety of innovative materials and techniques, including taxidermy, latex rubber, tar, and his trademark cast dirt, he has created art of astonishing presence and feeling. The mysterious darkness of his earthen material seems to convey something of the terror and anxiety of our uncertain time, and simultaneously a sense of contemplation as an avenue to spiritual renewal.Fully illustrated, the book follows Croaks experiments with Minimalism through the art of the figure that chiefly holds his attention today. A groundbreaking essay by Thomas McEvilley places his art in historical context. Also included is an interview with the artist by Barbara J. Bloemink, executive director of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, which probes into the sources of Croaks powerful and compelling work.