Martin Creed

Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT (2008)

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‘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.

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Martin Creed

Martin Creed

Born in Yorkshire and raised in Glasgow, Martin Creed came to prominence in 2001 when he won the Turner prize with ‘Work 227: The lights going on and off’. This controversial work involved the lights in an empty gallery being switched on and off at intervals, and is typical of the playful and understated nature of Creed’s work. His practice has been described as ‘a series of exercises in awareness,’ using commonplace materials and minimal intervention to draw to our attention things that we might otherwise overlook. Using materials as diverse as paper, music, air, light and text, experience is often key to understanding Creed’s work. He asserts that his art is ‘50% about what I make and 50% about what other people make of it.’