Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941 in Dublin, IE) is a prominent contemporary conceptual artist, painter, author, and teacher. His most renowned work is arguably An Oak Tree, 1973 in which he claimed to have transformed a glass of water into an oak tree. He regularly uses mass-produced, everyday objects, images, and materials in his art, in the early years choosing to focus mainly on drawings and box designs (Box That Never Closes, 1967).… Read more
About the artwork
Despite the evident reference to Warhol's soup can, Craig-Martin's work The Catalan Suite I-Soup, 2013 is imbued with his own distinct conceptual twist. In dispensing with all labeling and leaving the familiar though discolored soup can form, Craig-Martin is having a playful jab at the tools of advertising. By referencing one of the early readymades and in using the aesthetic of digitally generated imagery while choosing the traditional print form of etching, The Catalan Suite I-Soup is thinking through forms of representation and production.