Art to Smile
One of my favourite artists is Martin Creed from the UK. I was attracted by his work in the London restaurant Sketch. ( I did a blog post about that place earlier.)
Creed is internationally acclaimed for working across a multitude of disciplines including installation, sculpture, music, dance and film. And he got famous when he won the turner price 2001. What I like so much about him is his playful approach towards art. For him ART is just a word – and by the way: he numbers his work consecutively. So each work has the same importance, wether he arranges artistically some balls lying around – or glues a sticky something to the wall. And there is always fun and humor in his work.
Another eccentric work of Creed has been the runners at the Tate Gallery. Every 30 seconds some runners were sprinting through the rooms as if their life depended on it. As Creed said, he wanted to show an example of being alive as the opposite of death, being perfectly still. But first of all he wanted to create something funny, what made him smile.
This perfectly corresponds to my way of experiencing and looking at art. Do you like this kind of art making you smile?
I´d love to hear from you in the comments!