Work No.123

1995

Creed, Martin
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, but from the age of three, 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; he was awarded the Turner Prize the same year. Using primarily 'everyday' and 'mundane' materials, Creed consciously avoids making 'aesthetic-led' decisions when creating a piece. Creed 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.123' consists of 3 metronomes, one of which is beating fast, one beating slowly, and finally, one beating neither fast nor slow. The combination of these three different speeds shown through the form of pulsating vibrations, aims to reveal the arbitrary nature of traditional measures of time, therefore suggesting validity within alternative readings in our experience of time and reality. Felice McDowell
  • Artwork Details: 4.6 x 9.3cm
  • Edition:
  • Material description: plastic and metal
  • Credit line: © the artist. Gift of Charles Saatchi
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC158/1998

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