Black and white images of everyday objects will sit alongside technicolour depictions of Unesco World Heritage Sites in a new exhibition of Michael Craig-Martin’s work at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery, which opens on October 4 and runs until November 17.
The monochrome works come from Craig-Martin’s Quotidian series (which gives the exhibition its name). Laser-etched on a black background, they include Corkscrew, Headphones, Glasses and Shoe (£1,800 each; £12,000 for the set) and bear the same clean simple lines as the letterpress prints in the Then and Now (£1,080 each; £7,800 for the set) series. The difference with Then and Now, however, which traces the 21st century’s shift from analogue to digital technology, is that each piece (on a white background) depicts two objects, one superimposed on top of the other. There is an iPhone stamped over a rotary-dial telephone, a Kindle obscuring a paper book, the Spotify logo overlaying a cassette, and a flatscreen TV on top of a boxy 1950s set.
Colour comes into the exhibition courtesy of the Design and Architecture, 2017 series, a collection of four diptychs (£3,000 each; £10,800 for the set), each 2m wide, that places an image of a seminal building by a famous architect next to a depiction of one of their furniture designs. Frank Lloyd Wright, for instance, places his Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania alongside his Johnson Wax desk from 1936. Gerrit Rietveld puts that masterpiece of De Stijl architecture, the Rietveld Schröder House in the Dutch city of Utrecht, beside the Elling sideboard, while Le Corbusier juxtaposes the modernist Villa Savoye (completed in 1931 just outside Paris) with the sculptural LC4 chaise longue. Last in the group is Mies van der Rohe, which pairs his Farnsworth House in Illinois with the iconic Barcelona daybed, originally designed for the German Pavilion at the 1929 World Fair in Spain.
There will also be pieces from Craig-Martin’s Fragments series, his tape drawings, which use black tape on plastic sheets, and the artist will be at the gallery at a private event in early November to discuss his works – please contact the gallery if you would like to attend that event.