Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT
© Martin Creed

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Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT 2008

On Display Modern One

  • Scottish Art
‘Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT’ is one of Martin Creed’s most iconic works. It characterises his desire to communicate and interact with the viewer – to create a reaction and stir an emotion. For Creed, experience is fundamental to understanding his work and he asserts that his art is “50% about what I make and 50% about what other people make of it.” His work is often playful and minimalist and ‘Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT’, blazoned across the Gallery’s frieze, operates in a similar vein. Visually spectacular in its neon audacity, the work, however, encourages a more contemplative response. Although it is at first an overtly familiar and reassuring phrase, it plays on our personal insecurities and gently suggests that everything might not be alright.

Glossary Open

Minimalism

An art movement of the 1960s onwards, primarily in sculpture. It was in part a reaction against the flamboyance of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. It is characterised by a lack of expressiveness and the use of simple forms, often in repetition.

Minimalism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 5181
  • Medium Blue neon
  • Size 62.50 x 1541.60 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist 2012 (fabrication costs courtesy the Iain Paul Fund)