The title and content of this sculpture raise questions about the nature of art and the value of works of art as physical objects. Martin Creed has stated that his works are concerned with "nothing in particular". While artists are often expected to have profound and perceptive messages to convey, Creed defies this expectation, suggesting that art has no intellectual impact on the world whatsoever. Martin Creed attracted much media attention in 2001 for his controversial "Work No. 227 The lights going on and off", part of his prize-winning entry for the Turner Prize.
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and studied at the Slade School of Art from 1986 to 1990. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain and Southampton City Art Gallery. His work was included in the shows Intelligence, at Tate Britain (2000), and The British Art Show 5, which toured Manchester, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham (2000-01). He won the 2001 Turner Prize. Creed’s work is conceptual and crosses a range of media. In 2008, Creed created ‘Work No. 850’ for which relays of runners sprinted the length of the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries roughly every minute. In 2011 his solo exhibition featuring a giant neon sign reading ‘Mothers’ opened at Hauser & Wirth in London. He lives and works in London and Italy.
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