In the current climate of hostility towards contemporary art, Martin Creed's work seems particularly provocative. His work lies delicately balanced between existing and not existing, a minimal gesture right on the edge of being nothing. Any notion of craft or the aesthetic is absent. Creed's work is a resolute defiance of any position - even the position of not having a position. It is slippery, hard to define. And brilliant.
"The lights going on and off" does things to the gallery space that the other artists in the show (other than Mike Nelson) don't even approach. The Tate Gallery becomes more than just a place to show, it becomes the medium of the piece.
© John Brainlove 2001
The Turner Prize at Tate Britain from 7 November 2001 to 20 January 2002
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