Transience
by Michael Craig-Martin
at Serpentine Gallery

London,
25 November – 14 February, 2016

The Serpentine Gallery presents an exhibition by Michael Craig-Martin, one of the most famous British artists of his generation. This is the first solo show of Craig-Martin’s work in a London public institution since 1989 and brings together works from 1981 to 2015, including his era-defining representations of once familiar yet obsolete technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and incandescent lightbulbs that highlight the increasing transience of technological innovation.
From the earliest work in the show, Craig-Martin’s images are a representation of the profound impact that electronic technology has had on the way we consume and communicate to each other. The exhibition explores the change due to the seismic shift from analogue processes to digital technologies that informed the production and distribution of new kinds of objects in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

 

The introduction of digital technology in recent years has resulted in the breakdown of the relationship between form and function, a process that the artist captures in his depictions of successive inventions, from the battery to the cassette to the laptop.
According to these powerfull images, we could say that Michael Craig’s work, reminds us that we are as much produced by the objects we invent as they are by us.

“HIS WORK REVEALS A SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF CONTEMPORANEITY IN A WAY THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE – THROUGH THE ITEMS WE USE EVERY DAY.” – JULIA PEYTON-JONES, DIRECTOR, AND HANS ULRICH-OBRIST, CO-DIRECTOR