Work No. 11

Creed, Martin
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, but from the age of three was brought up in Glasgow. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1986 – 1990 where he was influenced by the Minimal Art of the 1960s. He continued to work in London until 2001 when he moved to Alicudi, Italy. The same year he was awarded the Turner Prize. Using primarily 'everyday' and 'mundane' materials, Creed consciously avoids making 'aesthetic-led' decisions when creating a piece. He numbers each of his works according to a non-linear system that is unrelated to typical structures of time and meaning. Once a number is assigned, it is never used again. 'Work No.11' consists of two objects, one brass and the other chrome-plated brass. They are described by Creed as 'solid, free-standing objects' and, although seemingly functionless, 'have been used as Christmas decorations.' The artist explains "Work comes from feelings and goes towards feelings. It is a feeling sandwich, with ideas in the middle. Feelings come up, thoughts go down, and somewhere in the middle they meet each other. The thoughts and ideas often try to stop feelings coming up, and they fight with each other, but thoughts always lose. Feelings rise like steam, and you can’t stop them without getting burned. Making things can sometimes help. They can give you something to hang on to or to hide behind. "
  • Artwork Details: 2 parts, each: diameter, 5 x 4.5cm
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  • Material description: Brass, chrome-plated brass
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC43/1995



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