The Easel

12th February 2019

“More famous than famous”: Michael Craig-Martin on the changing nature of “ordinariness”

Ordinary, says Craig-Martin, is more famous than famous. Hence, “a light bulb is more famous than Marilyn Monroe”. This realization led to his signature style – precise line drawings and sculptures of ubiquitous objects.  “My sculptures … aren’t sculptures of things, they’re sculptures of images of things. That play between my object and the reality is very interesting.” A good video (3 min) is here.

5th February 2019

Obituary: Susan Hiller, the artist of neglected memories

Half way through an anthropology doctorate, Hiller fled its “factuality” for “irrational, mysterious, numinous” art. Some suggest she believed in aliens. Not quite; she was fascinated by “the fact that people believed they were abducted by aliens.” In one work Hiller played back hundreds of such accounts, together, through tiny ceiling speakers – not facts but “a different kind of truth”.