For Dublin-born artist Michael Craig-Martin, it’s takeaway coffee, noise-cancelling headphones and an electric toothbrush – among other ephemera – that act as icons of today, as shown in his new exhibition of prints, Objects of Our Time.
The show, held at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery, will feature prints created using techniques including etching, digital printing, screenprinting, and light-box installations.
The new works showcase Craig-Martin’s distinctive bold, impactful style, and explore how objects that are pedestrian and familiar can be elevated into ‘life as art’.
Alan Cristea Gallery says, ‘Presented on lively monochrome backgrounds, they are visualised as bold forces fuelling and facilitating contemporary society, and set apart from their user and context, they become autonomous art subjects.
‘As a set, they are emblematic of contemporary culture.’
Alongside the Objects of Our Time show the gallery will also be showing an exhibition curated by Craig-Martin – Master Prints – which draws together a number of 20th and 21st century prints by contemporary artists.
Many of these are from Craig-Martin’s own collection, and others are those that ‘would ideally find a place amongst his collection’, says Alan Cristea Gallery.
Objects of Our Time and Master Prints selected by Michael Craig-Martin runs from 28 March – 2 May at The Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 and 34 Cork Street, London W1S www.alancristea.com