Charles Ray

b. 1953

Charles Ray takes a distinctive approach to the sculptural tradition, challenging the limits of the medium and often playing with the idea of imposing a physical presence by including his own body in the work.

In his ‘performative sculptures’ a central aspect is the kinesthetic, where movement, action and transformation are essential to the ‘becoming’ of the work. Ray uses existing forms and figures as altered readymades or quotations, and through manipulations of weight, scale or other aspects, he reformulates and transforms the original, giving it a new meaning. In this way, he creates sculptural objects that transform the viewer’s perception and experience.

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