Events > Performance

22 Sep. 2019

Martin Creed: Getting Changed

Martin Creed
8pm (doors 7

London artist, musician, and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed has created many works involving live music, dance, and language—in the form of word-sculptures, talks, and songs. Most recently he has been developing a new one-person show, Getting Changed, which is a hybrid of a talk, a concert, and a cabaret. Creed has been described as “part court jester and part subversive philosopher,” and his new show explores borders both personal and national, communication in the form of clothes, and words as clothes for feelings—presented in his witty, responsive, freestyle way.

This concert kicks off Creed’s 2019/2020 North American tour. Part of the performance will also be recorded for a forthcoming Art Metropole release, alongside a vinyl re-release of “I Can’t Move”, originally published by Art Metropole as a CD in 1999.

Produced with support from Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto


Martin Creed is a sculptor, installation artist and conceptual artist. He studied in London at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating in 1990. His work plays on definitions of art, using techniques reminiscent of those employed by Marcel Duchamp in his presentation of objects and ideas. Work #11 (1989; AC England Col.), consisting of two bronze objects, served as the basis for photographs of these objects in various situations: on a bar, in a dentist’s surgery, amongst Christmas decorations and in a dishwasher (Work #43, 1990–96; see 2000 exh. cat.). It is the placement of the objects, rather than their intrinsic qualities, that qualifies their meaning. In Work #79 (1993; see 2000 exh. cat.), a piece of Blu-Tack is rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall: the slightness of the gesture and its humorous inadequacy as a constructed object calls into question the nature of sculpture. In 1994 Creed formed a band called Owada, which he used as a parallel forum to his visual art practice. One of his best-known visual works, Work #200–202 (exh. New York, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 1998), known as Half the Air in a Given Space, consists of a gallery half-filled with balloons, creating a physical experience for the visitor of what that volume of air actually feels like. Creed also displayed slogans in the form of neon signs; the phrase ‘the whole world + the work = the whole world’, was emblazoned on the fac`ade of Tate Britain in 2000.

(from Tate website)

  1. Martin Creed, Getting Changed