21 February 2013
A new Hayward Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Michael Craig-Martin comes to the Sidney Cooper Gallery this month as part of a national tour.
Michael Craig-Martin is one of the most influential British artists of recent decades. He was a key figure in the Young British Artists generation, many of whom he taught in his capacity as Professor at Goldsmiths College of Art.
Throughout his career, Craig-Martin has explored the iconography of everyday and designer objects. For his exhibition, 'Alphabet', he has produced 26 screenprints in which the letters of the alphabet are overlaid with everyday objects such as a book, a glass of water or an umbrella, producing visually arresting images set against a background of vivid monochrome colours and overlaid with a single letter.
In this series, created in his signature style, Craig-Martin plays with the idea of the ABC children’s primer. Instead of a direct 'A is for Apple', 'B is for Ball', the relationship between the letter and image is more ambiguous and requires some guess-work; ‘C’ shows a knife, perhaps representing the word ‘cut’.
Over the past decade, Craig-Martin’s practice has embraced digital technology as a tool for working on ideas and compositions. He has used a computer to create an image-bank of everyday objects which have been employed in large-scale wall drawings and acrylic paintings on canvas. He drew upon this resource to create 'Alphabet', which was then produced using traditional screen-printing methods.
'Alphabet' opens on Friday, 22 February and continues until Saturday, 23 March, at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ.
The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 10:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 11:30am to 5pm. The exhibition will be closed Sunday and Monday.
For more information about the Sidney Cooper Gallery visit: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper/
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