Martin Creed

Work No. 837

About this artwork

This work is perhaps one of Creed's most controversial pieces. It is a multi-part video work, shown on four television monitors stacked to form a cube. Each screen shows a person in an entirely white environment, removing any sense of familiarity, association or comfort. Against this sterile emptiness, a single person on each screen vomits profusely and repeatedly. It is one of a number of works in which Creed depicts people vomiting, defecating or having sex. Such films force the viewer to see themselves as a human being without any veiling of basic bodily functions; functions that we all have and undeniably serve a purpose. Creed wishes to celebrate the banality of such bodily experiences and in removing any reference to personal environment we invariably bring our own associations to the images.

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  • artist:
    Martin CreedScottish (born 1968)
  • title:
    Work No. 837
  • date created:
    2007
  • materials:
    Film, 35 mm, shown as video, 4 monitors, colour and sound
  • measurements:
    1 min, 53 sec
  • 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 ROOMS Fund, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AR01151
  • gallery:
  • subject:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Martin Creed

Martin Creed