David McCracken

Massive Vessel, 2015

Corten steel and stainless steel

Massive vessel is a depiction of a stylised boat or small craft, fabricated from corten steel and stainless steel. A reduced simplified form, loosely based on that of the dory – a common at-bottomed, at-sided small craft once widely used for fishing. It is constructed in such a way as to suggest great weight and mass and a fatigued, fractured, slightly split appearance as if it has been loosely made from massive slabs that are beginning to come apart. Its dimensions are distorted so that it tapers to an insubstantial stern section. “My intention is to play with the emotional signature of the ‘vessel’… to create an object that suggest gravitas but ultimately rejects the viewer’s ability to take it seriously…”

David McCracken

David McCracken is a self-taught artist with a background in theatre and the performing arts.

He mostly creates fabricated metal sculptures, usually in corten steel, stainless steel or aluminium. He has exhibited widely around New Zealand including at five previous headland Sculpture on the Gulf events.

Represented by Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland