David McCracken



David McCracken began sculpting in his teens, mostly figurative work carved in wood. He worked in a variety of jobs including boat building, theatre set design and construction, gaining skills with glass and carbon fibre, steel fabrication, welding and woodwork. McCracken is continually developing and adding to his vocabulary of systems and continues to try new techniques such as those employed in ‘drop forged artwork’ – achieved by dropping a wrecking ball from a crane onto a sheet of aluminium placed atop a sand bed to generate a massive ‘dent’, hydroforming steel into complex compound forms with hydrostatic pressure, or driving over sheets of steel with a vehicle to create curves. All he requires of these techniques is that they are reduced to the fewest possible actions and remain economical and ‘analogue in spirit’.  He continues to experiment with water born sculpture regarding it as both a challenge and the ‘perfect venue for sculpture’ and is developing systems for large-scale land-art installations.

McCracken has exhibited widely in outdoor exhibitions and has received a number of awards for his work. He has commissions in New Zealand and internationally and continues to develop his oeuvre.

Selected solo exhibitions

2014 Emotionally unsaturated artworks, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2012 Portraits of mass and transmission, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2010 New works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2005 Romantic portraits of raw materials, McPherson Gallery, Auckland
2001 H2O2, McPherson gallery, Auckland
2000 Fabrications, McPherson gallery, Auckland


Selected group exhibitions

2014 Spring, Gow Langsford gallery
2014 Bidhauen, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney Australia
2014 Sculpture Onshore, Auckland
2014 Wallace art awards
2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Australia
2013 headland Sculpture on the Gulf
2013 Electric Glass – art in neon,  Pah homestead
2009/2010 Stoneleigh sculpture in the gardens, Auckland botanical gardens
2009 Eye for sculpture, Manukau festival of the arts, Auckland
2008 Shapeshifter Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington
2008 Sculpture on the shore, Auckland
2007 Sculpture in the country, Wairarapa NZ
2007 headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland
2006 headland Sculpture in the gardens, Wairarapa NZ
2006 Wallace art awards
2006 Shapeshifter, Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington
2005 headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island. Auckland
2004 Wallace art awards, Auckland