Carl Plackman


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British sculptor, born in Huddersfield. Between 1962 and 1967 he studied at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, where Richard Long was also a student. Plackman, in his own way, was involved in a questioning of sculptural norms, but in his case it took the form of extending sculpture into room-size environments. One of the most impressive was For those who serve: The Raft of the Medusa (1975). An arrangement of tables and an unusually high-backed chair, it referred in metaphorical terms to his father's life as a waiter. The tying up of objects stood for slavish service. The questioning of this, the ‘cutting loose’, associated with the floating raft in Géricault's painting, stood for the predicament of those who rejected established authority. Plackman said: ‘I have always felt ill at ease: my body fitting as awkwardly as my clothes.’

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R. Wentworth, obituary, The Independent (12 March 2004)

Subjects: Art.

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