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Martin Creed: What's the point of it?

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it?, 29 January – 5 May 2014, Hayward Gallery. Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? was the first major survey of Creed’s work, spanning its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations. 

Over the past two and a half decades Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art. Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives. His minimalistic approach strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise.

Creed’s early works were often self-reflexive gestures set in opposition to the grandiose themes and meanings of art. Since then, he has made large-scale installations, drawings, paintings, kinetic works, neon signage, and films. 

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? occupied the entire Hayward Gallery, including its three outdoor sculptural terraces, entrance foyer, lift, and even the toilets. Sight, sound and music converged in all of the galleries, and works varied in scale from monumental sculptures to barely noticeable interventions.

The exhibition was accompanied by a large-format, fully-illustrated publication featuring essays by music journalist Paul Morley, art historian Joachim Pissarro and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson, and a text by award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster Bill Bailey. 

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Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? was the first major survey of Creed’s work, spanning its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations. 

Over the past two and a half decades Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art. Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives. His minimalistic approach strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise.

Creed’s early works were often self-reflexive gestures set in opposition to the grandiose themes and meanings of art. Since then, he has made large-scale installations, drawings, paintings, kinetic works, neon signage, and films. 

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it? occupied the entire Hayward Gallery, including its three outdoor sculptural terraces, entrance foyer, lift, and even the toilets. Sight, sound and music converged in all of the galleries, and works varied in scale from monumental sculptures to barely noticeable interventions.

The exhibition was accompanied by a large-format, fully-illustrated publication featuring essays by music journalist Paul Morley, art historian Joachim Pissarro and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson, and a text by award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster Bill Bailey. 

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it?

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays by renowned writers including comedian Bill Bailey.

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