Martin Creed

b. 1968, Wakefield, UK. Lives and works in London, UK

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Martin Creed, Work No. 997, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Barbora Gerny
Martin Creed, Work No. 997, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Barbora Gerny

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Martin Creed challenges the traditional boundaries of art with his ongoing production of eclectic work spanning an enormous range of media and subject matter. His process is defined by transforming fleeting moments of inspiration, or something as ephemeral as a light switching on and off, into fully realised artworks. A recurring theme in his work the accumulation of similar but different objects; balls, steel girders, dogs, to name just some. Work No. 997, (2009) comprises of five chairs of different styles and sizes stacked to form an elegantly teetering tower, suggesting the growth of a body and shifting tastes. Creeds frames such works in terms of evolution and potential. Each of his works is titled through a generic numerical system, offering a catalogue of ideas which range from the profound to the playful.