Repetition, stacks and intervals often feature in his work, along with ascending and descending structures. But he brings humour and idiosyncrasy to what might otherwise seem strictly ordered. By inventing systems for creating art, he makes visible the challenges of choosing.
The problem was to attempt to establish, amongst other things, what material something could be, what shape something could be, what size something could be, how something could be constructed, how something could be situated ... how many of something there could be, or should be, if any, if at all.
Creed’s work emerges from an ongoing series of investigations into commonplace materials and objects such as children’s marker pens and the metronomes on display here. Through subtle interventions he celebrates the ordinary, and highlights the possibilities of everyday stuff. By identifying his works primarily through a numbering system, Creed gives them equal status, regardless of size or material.
ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of international modern and contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.
Curated by Sofia Karaman