POTENT NOTHING OF CYBERSPACE - this virtual reality in which
we now are taking part ...
Martin Creed: Work No.
Some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled
into a ball, and depressed against a wall
Creed on his Blu-Tack-piece:
- I have nothing in particular to say.
- I find it a lot easier if it [the work] negates itself at
the same time as pushing itself forward--so there's an equal
positive and negative which adds up to nothing, but
at the same time is something too.
- I find that it's difficult to choose, to decide that one
thing's more important than the other. So what I try and do
is to choose without having to make decisions.
Martin Creed on his "Work No. 79: Some Blu-Tack
kneaded, rolled into a ball, and depressed against a wall"
(1993, Blu-Tack, approx. 1cm in diameter):
- I were taken with the idea of using the sticky substance,
but had nothing to actually put up with it - so I just
displayed the Blu-Tack.
- I wanted to mount something on a wall but he couldn't decide
what to mount.
attempt is made. Nothing more. Or is it? Is the kneading
sculpting? Is the thumb-print the signature? Why add anything?
Creeds Blu-Tack is empty, but that emptiness is also an opening,
a free space ready to be lived and filled with hopes. At the
same time the work is leaving the viewer with eternal questions.
'What can I do?' 'How can I contribute to the world?' These
double questions are also present in Creeds neon text piece;
"Work No. 232: the whole world + the work = the whole
world". The world is constantly growing. It is dynamic.
It is open for contributions. At the same time it is consuming
every contribution. Martin Creeds minimal art carries a surprising
emotional charge. Why not add something?
Creed was born in 1968 and from 1986-90 he attended the
Slade School of Art in London. Lives and works in Alicudi.
In 1993 his "Work No. 81, a one inch cube of masking
tape in the middle of every wall in a building" was installed
in the offices of the London firm, Starkmann Ltd.
: 20 Questions to Martin Creed | ~ | ArtForum
: Martin Creed | ~ | Britart
Reviews : Martin Creed Works | ~ | Martin
Creed CV |
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AT ROOSEUM, Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November
- 16 December, 2001. works by 35 artists exploring notions
of invisibility, imagination and dematerialisation ...
EVERY TENT; THE OTHER!
- consisting of two Irish green, empty tents, one raised outside
Atelier 35 in Bucharest, and one inside the gallery space
HYPER-METAPHOR; UK, RAISING TENTS
- containing, among other things, a motorway, ten tents, a
text discussion and an internet diary ...
suggestions is gratefully accepted!