13. Work No. 1086 | Everything Is Going To Be Alright
Martin Creed (UK)
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT is one of Turner prizewinner Martin Creed's celebrated neon works. Recently exhibited on the façade of Tate Britain, like many of his works, it provokes mixed reactions - is it a subversion of the cliché or a message of hope?
About the artist
Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield, England. From the age of three he lived in Glasgow, Scotland. Between 1986 and 1990 he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. In 1993 his Work No. 81, 'a one inch cube of masking tape in the middle of every wall in a building' was installed in the offices of the London firm, Starkmann Ltd, and since then Creed has many solo exhibitions or projects in Europe and North America and has participated in numerous group exhibitions world wide. His work is included in this year's Venice Biennale show Illuminations, curated by Bice Curiger.
His art is characterised by a gentle but subversive wit and by a minimalism rooted in an instinctive anti-materialism. A central theme of Creed's work is the nature of art itself, the relationship between art and reality, art and life, a preoccupation of much modern art, and he explores the boundaries in interesting and unsettling ways. His Work No. 143, installed on the façade of Tate Britain in 2000, set out in blue neon the equation 'the whole world + the work = the whole world'. Other neon works are typical of his gentle subversions of everyday reality or ideas. The piece exhibited in Durham emblazons the cliché 'everything is going to be alright' across a building which, presented thus, quickly evokes the ways in which the opposite is the case. Similarly 'don't worry' which, while reminding us to worry, also flashes on and off in a manner that is worrying in itself. Ultimately, however, Creed seems to want to do what art has always been supposed to do: 'I want to make things. I'm not sure why, but I think it's got something to do with other people. I think I want to try to communicate with other people, because I want to say "hullo", because I want to express myself, and because I want to be loved'.
He currently divides his time between London and Alicudi in Italy. He won the Turner Prize in 2001.
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth