He’s been messing with our minds for years. Now it’s our ears he’s playing around with. Although for Creed, music and art are as synonymous as neon and lights.
His Scottish Glaswegian drawl lends itself very well to such songs as ‘Fuck off’ (which sounds exactly as how you’re now imagining it to sound) and ‘Die’. In some ways, they are aural representations of his sort of visual artwork. Messing with your head and making perfect sense at the same time as no sense at all. Typically lasting only one minute, his songs leave you amused and confused, such is the Martin Creed way.
Perhaps best known for his neon signs, Martin Creed is an international artist these days, acknowledged by the masses. His 2010 installation ‘Ballet (no. 1020)’ involved his band playing heavy guitar rifts and shouty vocals to elegant classically trained ballet dancers, with a backdrop screen showing bizarre and seemingly unrelated film shorts – from Martin’s dogs walking, to his own genitals rising and falling.
Whatever subliminal message Creed attempts to make, there is an over-riding sense of mischief and fun. His 2007 installation ‘Half the air in a given space (no. 628)’ got his audience running through a large room filled with balloons. And his 2003 red neon sign ‘Don’t Worry (no. 291)’ mounted in an otherwise calming room had the very opposite effect – it made his audience wonder what the hell they should not be worrying about.
An eccentric he may well be but Creed’s works are acknowledged and enjoyed by the masses thanks to their often-interactive elements. The most interactive work to date will take place on the 27th of July. To celebrate the much-hyped London 2012 Olympics, Creed conceived ‘All the Bells (no. 1197)’ inviting the whole of the British Isles to join together in ringing any bell, large or small, as loudly as possible for 3 minutes to ring in the first day of the Games.
His latest EP ‘Love to You’ is out now through Moshi Moshi Records.