Certificate of Existence is a self-portrait by the artist in the form of an original legal document that certifies that Martin John Callanan appeared before a notary on the 16th October 2013, identified himself as Martin John Callanan and was pronounced in existence at this time. The work is a unique legal document in a series of 20, differing by the time each document was witnessed.
Certificate of Existence, 2013 is a unique work in series published to coincide with an exhibition of new and ongoing work by Martin John Callanan at noshowspace in October 2013.
Martin John Callanan (b. 1982) lives and works between London and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include 'Open Cube', White Cube, Mason's Yard, London (2013); 'Along Some Sympathetic Lines', Or Gallery, Berlin (2013); Whitstable Biennale (2012); Harrach Moya Gallery, Palma (2012) and 'Deed Poll', a performance at Whitechapel Gallery London (2012). Callanan graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2005 and is currently a Teaching Fellow in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.