Martin Creed

Work No. 890: DON'T WORRY

About this artwork

‘Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY’ is a two word neon text which is shown with each word on adjacent walls. In its ambiguity, it appears to be related emotionally and intellectually to another neon work, ‘Work No.203: Everything is Going to be Alright’, which is on the façade of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Creed is interested in communicating and interacting with the viewer; he wants to create a reaction and stir an emotion. For the artist, 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.” In exclaiming DON’T WORRY, Creed seems to encourage the viewer to finish the sentence with ‘about what?’ leading them to question their own anxieties.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Work No. 890: DON'T WORRY
  • date created:
    2008
  • materials:
    Neon lights
  • measurements:
    50.50 x 50.00 x 6.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Presented by the artist jointly to National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and acquired with assistance of the ARTIST ROOM Endowment, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AR01149
  • gallery:
  • subject:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Martin Creed

Martin Creed