Martin Creed

A neon sign saying "mothers" by Martin Creed.

Extended thanks to it’s spectacular success, Martin Creed’s ‘What’s the Point of It?’ at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, is a must see for those who find themselves with a spare afternoon in London.

Fun, witty and – as you may have expected – just a little bit pointless, Creed has managed to repeat his minimalistic approach without losing any of his fun. Born in Wakefield in 1968, Creed currently lives and works in London, using a variety of artistic media and music to transform everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on our very existence. Surveying two and half decades of his work, the exhibition includes minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations. ‘Half the Air in the Given Space’, essentially, a room filled with white balloons, is possible one of the most fun installations we’ve been involved with for some time! A must see.


A white room filled with white balloons by Martin Creed.

A crumpled up ball of paper by Martin Creed.

Words by Olivia Cooley. Images property of Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre.

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