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Martin Creed


United Kingdom b.1968 | Work no. 189 1998 | 39 metronomes beating time, one at every speed | ed. 2/3 9 x 288 x 4cm | Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Martin Creed

Work no.189 1998

British artist Martin Creed is best known for his Work no.227: The lights going on and off for which he was awarded the Turner Prize in 2001. Creed’s work is indebted to minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s but is imbued with a sense of humour and play that makes it engaging and accessible for a broad audience. Work no.189 comprises 39 metronomes each simultaneously beating at a different speed. The work articulates the full range of sounds emitted by a single metronome, while collectively it juxtaposes rhythmic precision with dissonant cacophony. Creed’s practice also recalls the approach to art making favoured by the fluxus artists of the 1960s and 1970s (who are strongly represented in the Gallery’s Collection), as well as the dadaists of the early twentieth century.