Saturday, 29 March 2014

Martin Creed: What's the point of it?


Good question Martin... what IS the point of it?

For those of you who have not heard of Martin Creed, where have you been?! He is probably one of the most famous living artists in Britain today. You know... the guy who won the Turner Prize for a light turning on and off. There we go. Got it.

That exhibit is actually in Tate Britain at the moment if you're interested, only until 13th April 2014 and then it goes on tour.

Anyway, back to the blog post. Today I went to see Martin Creed's new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery with my good friend, Holly. She wanted to go because there is a room filled with balloons. 

You walk into the exhibition and walk past the first exhibit, which is a sofa blocking the doorway. Then you automatically want to duck, as a huge neon sign that says 'MOTHERS' spins around the room at a fairly low height. Be warned if you are tall, over 6 ft, you will probably need to avoid that room! There are also some of his more classic pieces, such as blocks of colour stacked on top of each other in a pyramid shape. 

The exhibition goes on with more wacky pieces of art, for example, the classic 'pieces of torn up paper', and this type of modern art that I never understand. There are some nice pieces on the two terraces, including nice views over London.


The last piece on the top floor is the balloon room, with a large queue I must add. The gallery assistants give you pieces of paper with warnings about not going in if you have asthma or food allergies. My friend Holly has both, she went in anyway. It is so odd, so odd it just gives you the giggles. It is like a giant ball pit but better. As you go deeper into the room the balloons cover you more and you sort of feel like you're drowning in balloons. I giggled some more and then... ergh... a balloon with clumps of hair on hit my face, and then I noticed more and more, people are somehow leaving their hair on these balloons! Gross. I left.

Thought that was gross, went to the exit, through the sick film... yes, the film of people being sick, to the shop, where the sick film was being sold on DVD. 

So Martin Creed, I'm guessing what you're trying to say, is lots of things scare us in modern day life, lots of things make us sick, but ultimately we should always put the highest value on fun and having a laugh. I mean, really, he must have always known the balloon room would be the selling point of the exhibition. One thing though, Martin, multi-colour balloons would have been better. Or maybe I'm missing... the point?

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