Work No. 203, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT
Work No. 207, I Like Things
Work No. 208, Nothing is Something
Work No. 209, I Can't Move
Martin Creed produced four new works, a large neon text installed at a listed landmark site in Clapton, East London, and three recorded songs published on CD. The neon text reads EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. It runs the full 13 meters length of the entablature of The Portico, a neo-classical structure which is all that remains of what was originally built as the London Orphans' Asylum. The building later served as the first International Training Garrison for The Salvation Army. Together these works can be considered as an exhibition which exists simultaneously in the public and private realm. The neon work inhabits an urban environment which is determined by its cultural, social, architectural and historical contexts. In contrast, the songs are of a more intimate nature and are being distributed free by post or by hand to an audience of 2000. Martin Creed's work has been variously described as conceptual, minimal, expressionist, interventionist, humourous and surreal. But the artist prefers a more open reading in its relation to contemporary practice, and particularly its position with regard to value and the commodification of art. Martin Creed's choice and use of materials - plain A4 sheets of paper, blu-tak, masking tape, party balloons, simple or 'unpoetic' language as text or as lyrics to songs - is a thoughtful celebration of the ordinary, a focussed reading of the ambiguity of stuff.
Work number 203, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, was initiated and curated by Ingrid Swenson in partnership with The Hackney Historic Buildings Trust (Registered Charity No. 291468). Works numbers 207, 208, 209 were commissioned and published on CD by The Pier Trust.
This project has been generously supported by:
Hackney Council's Clapton Neighbourhood Community Chest, Hackney Wick Community Chest and The Heart of Hackney Community Chest. The project has also been funded by Groundwork Hackney, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Pier Trust.