Martin Creed

28 Apr - 27 May 2006

Martin Creed
Work No. 547

In his work Martin Creed (born in 1968 in Wakefield, Great Britain, residing in London and Alicudi, Italy) brings Minimalism, a concept forged in the sixties and seventies, to a pinnacle. With systematically reduced gestures and a renouncement of everything that looks like art, Creed seeks to simplify things. His works follow basic concepts, simple conceptual structures and clear installation directives. The reaction of the viewer is a constitutive component of Martin Creeds work, which carries forward Durchamp’s approach to artwork: that it is complete only upon its reception. The simplicity of Creed’s works sharpens our awareness of the complexity of thought processes - processes that are concerned with their own reception, the experience of space, and how we encounter and use objects. Creed’s most recent video installation, ‘being sick’, also follows in this tradition. In an endless loop, the film depicts vomiting as ideal gesture to express feelings in as direct a manner as possible.

© Martin Creed, Work No. 547: Marcus being sick, 2006,
Single channel video installation, 35mm film transferred to DVD, colour, sound, loop

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