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
The Catalan Suite II-Sofa, 2013 is a continuation of Craig-Martin's visual compendium of everyday items. The artist is aware that colors are loaded with symbolic and visual significance, so by using somber colors, he is urging us to see the sheer purity and materiality of the work. Though the sofa could be described as generic and devoid of distinctive features, it is a design icon—so commonplace we barely even acknowledge it.