British artist Martin Creed has developed a multifaceted practice that uses sculpture, painting, drawing, video, installation, performance, and music to present art as an experience or an event rather than a fixed object. Using wordplay and simple interventions to emphasize ambiguity and contradiction inherent in everyday life, his works have been described by critics as a “coping mechanism” and “a series of exercises in awareness.”
Museo Jumex presents two works by the artist in the Colección Jumex. The first piece is a life-size neon sign with the phrase “SMALL THINGS” installed in a corner of the gallery; and the second, Work No: 1051 (2010) is composed of thin slabs of different types of marble from around the world, in colors ranging from light grey to dark green and black, installed permanently as the floor of the basement-level of the museum.
In conjunction with this presentation, Creed will offer a unique performance on Thursday, June 9th, expanding on the themes of the absurd and repetition with humor.
Born in Wakefield and raised in Glasgow, Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001 with Work 227: The Lights Going On and Off, an intervention where lights went on and off at intervals in an empty gallery. Creed’s works are identified by sequential numbers, referencing cataloguing in music, and giving each piece an equal status. His work is permanently in art museums and other spaces around the world.
Organized by Kit Hammonds, Chief Curator, and Cindy Peña, Curatorial assistant, Museo Jumex.
Photo: Ruth Ovseyevitz