Martin Creed

Martin Creed;s vomit video was the trigger that led to the work on Physiognomy that was shown on Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Although Creed’s work has a diaristic element in that all the works are titled in series as work no.840 etc, and often remind s me of Barry J Davies work as a result. All his works seek to create moments of truth or beauty through the most economical means possible. Some specific works seem to be addressing the involuntary actions and natural forces that flow through us.  In particular the vomit works and the running works. When I think of the running series I think not of a simple command to set runners running from one end of the gallery to the other, but instead of the endorphins, the feelings that exercise generates, (if you like the old prep school mantra of good for the body and good for the mind and good for the soul- something like that anyway) I think also of how of feels to watch someone else doing exercise. Does it become a sport? Is a study in form like some Muybridge black and white or grand Stubbs painting? Also some one running through a museum space suddenly brings a burst of energy and life into a place that is normally so sterile. A museum of deceased creativity. Very often the great thing about seeing Creeds work is the range of responses that can be had.  Also importantly, that art (or more precisely the aesthetic moment, or judgement of beauty) occurs throughout life, popping up in every area of experience.  Strengthening my claims that the aesthetic moment is actually a moment of consciousness. It also manages to be a bit of a joke at the expense of the artworld.  That can also only be a good thing! In addition there is also a lesson to be had here about how you present art or context – how do you get people to become conscious when looking at something everyday.


About Phil Lambert

Visual artist based in Cardiff
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