240314: Hayward Gallery: Martin Creed – What’s the point of it?

Hayward Gallery: Martin Creed – What’s the point of it? 29.01.2014 – 27.04.2014 Mister Fifty/Fifty By Daniela Gregori There are, apparently, some people who are notoriously indecisive. They stand helplessly in front of the wardrobe, the order just given in the restaurant is completely wrong and will have to be amended. The possibility of being able to choose turns into a state of mental overload. Rather take everything. Or perhaps not? Would half-half be possible? Martin Creed has turned these options into a working principle in all available possibilities – in terms of media and materials and also in the dimension in which they can be used. In a room in the exhibition in London's Hayward Gallery, 39 metronomes tick at 39 different paces, there are felt-pen drawings in the entire colour spectrum of the writing materials, as well as 1000 broccoli prints printed with complete strokes which were available, from time to time in a room, a museum attendant hits every note on a piano, and then there is stillness. To do something by a half and not a half would give him the feeling of doing it correctly, says the artist who was awarded the Turner Prize in 2001 with the work "Nr. 227 - The lights going on and off": a "Yes and No" would have been preferable to a "Yes or No" , and above all, conceptual art would not have been such an affair because he was unable to separate ideas from feelings. Creed's system of order simply follows the size, it's piled up, layered and towered, each “on” is followed by an “off”, every up a down and back again, also if it – as in the case of the projection of an erect penis going through the mechanisms of rising and falling – appears contrary to nature. Considering the diversity of these oeuvre, the conceptual rejection appears just as coquette as the question in the title of the exhibition "What's the point of it?" Right at the beginning of the exhibition, Creed seems to have hit the nail on the head. Just as in earlier times when it was all about whether one was tall enough to have a carnival ride, the height of a visitor to the exhibition was checked. If the measurement was right, he could pass, if he is too tall, he'll be stopped and told to use another entrance. Quite right, because in the first room, a steel girder rotates menacingly-to-dangerously overhead. On it, in 2 meter-high letters, the word MOTHERS is displayed. The English have also learnt their Freud. Hayward Gallery SE1 8XX London, Belvedere Road http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery Opening hours: Mon 12-18, Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun 10-18, Thurs, Fri 10-20 hours

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX London, Belvedere Road
Öffnungszeiten: Mo 12-18, Di, Mi, Sa, So 10-18, Do, Fr 10-20 h

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