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Martin Creed

Nasher Sculpture Center
Installation on view from March 25 through June 19, 2011

Continuing its Sightings series of installations and interventions, the Nasher Sculpture Center has invited Turner Prize-winning artist, Martin Creed, to create a site-specific installation in its Lower Level Gallery, on view from March 25 through June 19, 2011.

Martin Creed will transform the space by filling it with colored balloons to a height of about 8 feet.  Related to earlier installations such as Work No. 628: Half the air in a given space from 2007, the balloons enclose and make visible portions of the volume of air in the room, as well as drastically alter one’s physical experience of the space.  Sightings: Martin Creed will also include a focused selection of recent work in the space outside of the Lower Level Gallery.

“Sightings: Martin Creed will offer our Dallas audience it’s first exposure to the work of this exceptional and provocative artist” said Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick. “By transforming our experience of space, and creating a participatory environment, Creed extends our understanding of the possibilities of sculpture.”

Over the past two decades, Creed’s work, which has included painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, musical performance, and text, has consistently explored the emotional and existential impact of dichotomous physical states: presence versus absence, being versus nothingness, and doing versus not doing.  In 2001, Creed won the prestigious Turner Prize, given to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or installation in the previous year, for Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, an empty room in which the lights continuously alternated between being on and being off every five seconds.  Often using the simplest, most unassuming means, Creed’s work questions our assumptions of what a work of art is and what it means to be an artist.

Sightings presents a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explore work by established and emerging contemporary sculptors from across Texas and around the world.  The exhibitions highlight recent work, commission new installations for select spaces at the Nasher Sculpture Center, or explore new advances in contemporary art.  Such exhibitions provide a forum to reconsider accepted notions and generate new ideas about modern and contemporary sculpture that would be posed in brief publications accompanying the exhibitions and discussed publicly with the artist or in small scholarly roundtables, the results of which will be published online or in print after the close of the exhibition.

To learn more about the artist and his work, view this video made by the Tate:

Image: Martin Creed, Work No. 628: Half the air in a given space, 2007, Dark-blue balloons, Multiple parts, each balloon 16 in. diameter; overall dimension variable. Installation at CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2007.

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