Martin Creed, ‘Work No. 2659’, 2016, Public Art Fund 2016 Spring Benefit

This vibrant and colorful two-sided work has been created by Martin Creed to help underwrite Understanding, his upcoming exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Always inventive, Creed has conceived an edition of painting-objects, each one hand-made and unique. Different colors of paint are exuberantly applied to both sides of an open V-shaped piece of clear Perspex (acrylic sheet), which is thus self-supporting as an object. Like many of Creed’s works, this special limited edition brings together rigorous process and playful imagination to create a series of joyful meditations on color and transparency, the results of both the artist’s gesture and random effects.

Image rights: Courtesy of Martin Creed.

About Martin Creed

Merging art and life, Martin Creed uses ordinary materials and everyday situations to create multimedia works that have confounded and delighted viewers and critics for nearly 30 years. He rejects the term “conceptual” and calls himself an “expressionist,” referring to his notion that all art stems from feeling. His works run the gamut from deadpan, minimalist interventions to rapidly rendered, expressionistic portraits. He approaches art making with humor, anxiety, and experimentation, and with the sensibility of a musician and composer, underpinning everything he does with his open ambiguity about what art is. In 2001, he was awarded the Turner Prize for Work No 227: The Lights Going On and Off, which was exactly what its title describes, in an empty gallery. As Creed maintains: “Anything is art that is used as art by people.”

English, b. 1968, Wakefield, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom