ArtReview has put together a video (below) on Martin Creed’s latest creation at the Tate Britain. Creed is the artist that won the Turner prize in 2001 for his “lights going on and off” work where an empty room periodically had the lights turned on and off, which reminds of a Simpsons episode where Homer keeps turning the light switch on and off; lights go on, lights go off, lights go on…
Anyway, the new work which is called “Work No. 850″ or “The Duveen Galleries Commission 2008″ by Martin Creed is described by the Tate like this.. “Work No. 850 centers on a simple idea: that a person will run as fast as they can every thirty seconds through the gallery. Each run is followed by an equivalent pause, like a musical rest, during which the grand Neoclassical gallery is empty.
This work celebrates physicality and the human spirit. Creed has instructed the runners to sprint as if their lives depended on it.”
You can also apply to participate in Work no. 850 as a runner AND earn £9.35 per hour for your effort. There’s more information at the Running Project website here. I wonder if my fast waddle would allow me to qualify as a runner.
Here’s the ArtReview video report on the running man exhibition..
And here’s a clever response to the ArtReview report. You would hardly know it was a Puma advertisement if it wasn’t for the Puma shoe close-ups and the Puma logo at the end of the video.
The artist Martin Creed also has a useful online presence which is both refreshing and surprising. Firstly I was surprised that he actually had a website (I still haven’t figured out why a lot of famous artists don’t have one) and secondly that it functioned in a logical and easy to understand manner. I expected to be tricked or confused by it, but it all made a lot of sense.