My installations question the nature of picture making. Instead of looking at a painting, it feels like you are stepping inside it. All the images are sucked in onto the canvas and then exhaled on the wall opposite.
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Michael Craig-Martin. The exhibition entitled "Eye of the Storm," will include both works on canvas and an installation painted directly onto the gallery walls. The mural illustrates everyday objects that seem to be held motionless just for a few moments before being swirled around the gallery by the storm and onto the canvas.
Craig-Martin is fascinated with the dialogue between representation and reality within art, and with the conflicting roles of the author and the viewer. The everyday objects that reoccur throughout his work are flattened and simplified, functioning as words do in language. The selection of these objects, their color, their spatial relationships, and their juxtaposition are what provides the tension and narrative within the work.
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941, brought up in the United States, and educated at Yale. He returned to Europe in the mid-sixties where he became one of the key figures of the first generation of British conceptual artists. He was a professor at Goldsmith's College from 1974–88 and 1994–2000, where he taught Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, among other artists who would become known in the early nineties as the "Young British Artists."
His recent solo exhibitions include Manchester Art Gallery installation "Inhale/Exhale" (2002); IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2000); Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Portugal 2001, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999); Kunstverien, Hannover, 1998.
A CD-Rom including an interview with the artist and panoramic views of the installation will accompany the exhibition.
Michael Craig-Martin and Jan Dalley
Michael Craig-Martin and Jan Dalley sat down together in London as part of this year’s FT Weekend Festival. Join the two for a conversation about the artist’s long career in art, teaching, and writing, as well as his latest projects. A principal figure of British Conceptual art, Craig-Martin probes the relationship between objects and images, harnessing the human capacity to imagine absent forms through symbols and pictures.
Behind the Art
Michael Craig-Martin: Ordinariness
Join Michael Craig-Martin at his London studio as he speaks about his working methods, his interest in the ordinary, and his abiding concern for the sculptural.
The Parameters of Perception
Michael Craig-Martin and Jeffrey Sturges in conversation on Tom Wessselmann’s Standing Still Lifes.
Extended through August 23, 2019
May 31–August 23, 2019
Britannia Street, London