While the main entrance of the Gagosian Gallery near King’s Cross has the builders in, Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941 in Ireland) has taken the stylised simplified coloured graphic lines of everyday objects, for which he is famous, and turned them into 3-dimensional sculptures in the gallery spaces, entered through another door, as he continues to develop his technique into new dimensions.
Memo to gallery owners – always have two potential entrances so that you can maintain operations while the builders drill away as you refurbish your main entrance – something which Sotheby’s in Bond Street is also doing.
Sitting on or in the concrete floor, fixing the sculptures and keeping them perfectly vertical must have been a structural challenge for this the first major exhibition of these works within an indoor gallery space in London. What is fascinating is how your perception changes as you walk round the sculptures which seem to stand impossibly erect within the gallery space. Where are the wires holding them up? From one viewpoint the sculptures are 2-dimensional; you move round a little and sculptures such as the Light Bulb, the Earphones and the Basket Ball, take on a 3-dimensional life of their own, even when you are quite close. It is really quite spooky!