Gallery Hyundai is pleased to present All in All, a solo exhibition of Michael Craig-Martin, a prominent figure of British conceptual art. This exhibition will be the largest show presented since Serpentine Gallery in 2015 and is the second solo show for the artist at the gallery.
Michael Craig-Martin explores the borderline between everyday objects and art as his subject. The artist’s unique style of simplified forms and re-composition of common objects brings deconstruction of traditional language of painting. Craig-Martin’s objects are used as basic elements in art such as line, plane, and color with its meaning eliminated, and intense stimulation given by vivid colors allows the audience to fall into a sensational experience.
All in All will showcase paintings that continue to depict a series of common objects found in daily life—iPhone, memory stick, laptop—reflecting on today’s fast moving consumer culture in a renowned unique style of the Irish-British artist. There also will be a new set of series introduced especially for this exhibition where Craig-Martin has elongated the screen into a height of 250cm with fragmented or close-ups of the objects allowing room for the audience to broaden their imagination. This exhibition will present the artist’s passion for art as he continues to ponder, contemplate, and experiment on the direction his art should take though he is named as the ‘father of British contemporary art today.’
Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. Having studied Fine Art in Yale University, he directly experienced mainstream genres of the time, including Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Pop Art, before starting his own work. Returning to England in 1966, the artist had his first major solo exhibition there at Rowan Gallery in 1969. While teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London, the artist greatly contributed to the education of the so-called Young British Artists (yBa). Craig-Martin had solo exhibitions in prominent institutions such as Whitechapel Gallery in 1989, Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2006, Serpentine Gallery, Shanghai Himalayas Museum in 2015 and participated in various biennales including São Paulo Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, and Sydney Biennale. The artist’s works are part of prestigious collections including Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and more.