Martin CreedWork No. 227: The lights going on and off 2000

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Martin Creed (born 1968)
Work No. 227: The lights going on and off
Date 2000
MediumGallery lights
Dimensionsdisplay dimensions variable
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by Tate Members, the Art Fund and Konstantin Grigorishin 2013


Martin Creed’s Work No. 227: The lights going on and off consists of an empty room which is filled with light for five seconds and then plunged into darkness for five seconds. This pattern is repeated ad infinitum. In exploiting the existing light fittings of the gallery space, Creed creates a new and unexpected effect. An empty room with lighting that seems to be misbehaving itself confounds the viewer’s normal expectations. This work challenges the traditional conventions of museum or gallery display and, consequently, the visiting experience. Creed plays with the viewer’s sense of space and time and in so doing he implicates and empowers the viewer, forcing an awareness of, and interaction with, the physical actuality of the space… (read more)

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