Garden Fork (Red)
March 17, 2018
This is one of the exhibits at the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas, Texas. Here's the information from their website:
Garden Fork (Red) is a relatively recent work by Craig-Martin, but it derives from the artist's investigations of depiction and perception that began in the mid-1970s. With a bright-line visual clarity that recalls graphic illustrations in sale catalog diagrams and children's drawing manuals, Craig-Martin's work achieves the greatest visual interest with the most minimal means. In wall drawings with tape or brightly painted murals and canvases, the artist represented commonplace objects, greatly enlarged, reduced to outlines, and often overlapped, that had a powerful physical presence and seemed to create their own space. Just as these depictions had the presence of sculpture, Craig-Martin's sculptures are depictions made manifest in our space. Although flat and planar, Garden Fork (Red) is rendered in perspective, making it appear to have more depth and curve in space like a real pitchfork.
Craig-Martin was also an influential teacher at Goldsmiths College, London, and a key figure in the emergence of the young British artists in the early 90's. Among his former students are Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Liam Gillick, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Richard Patterson, and Fiona Rae.
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