The show will feature an extensive selection of new work, including monumental wood and metal sculptures, film, paintings and a composition for chamber orchestra which will premiere on the opening night.
MARTIN CREED's work is known for its elemental directness, economy of means and friendly, deadpan absurdity. 'My world is a soup of thoughts, feelings and things all mixed up together. Working is a way of trying to cope, to separate the soup and escape; to get from the inside out.' Creed forms pared-down exaggerations, expressionistic gestures distilled and refined to an extreme point. Rigorous geometry and rhythmic structures create frameworks within which things can move freely and change. Work No. 329, in which half the volume of the exhibition space is filled with balloons, is a kind of ultimate sculpture, constantly in flux, which takes the shape of the space it is in and the people interacting with it. Exhilarating and unpredictable, it is typical of Creed's hard-edged, soft-hearted minimalism. For MARTIN CREED art is 'always a background to people; colours and shapes brought alive in their use by people'.