MARTIN CREED, BASE / PROGETTI PER L’ARTE, FLORENCE

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Martin Creed / BASE, Progetti per l’arte, Florence / Jusqu’au 6 février 2016.

BASE / Progetti per l’arte presents the exhibition of Martin Creed designed specifically for the nonprofit artist-run space in Florence. The vernissage will be different from the usual, on a surprise date decided by the artist who will be present. This with the intention of shifting the focus to the experience of the artwork rather than on the event connected to its presentation.

Martin Creed’s project for BASE / Progetti per l’arte is animated by different works allowing the perception of the physical space, simultaneously expanded, compressed, enlarged and full. This results from the balance of the interventions Work No. 920, 2008 (wall painting), Work No. 672, FRIEND, 2007 (neon), Work No. 2199, 2015 (frame with geometries in plaster), Work No. 1597, Laura, 2013 (Portrait), Work No. 2097, 2014 (abstract painting), and Work No. 921, 2008 (wall painting). The works are distributed in two spaces, from left to right, defining the perimeter and rarifying the physical boundaries of the architectural box in which they appear.

Geometric and abstract forms, as well as environments and installations, are always for Martin Creed a means to create a dialogue with the context and not an end in themselves. The sculpture Work No. 1638 of 2013, in the shape of a ziggurat with 5 iron girders decreasing in size and placed one above the other, takes this approach to the extreme. This sculpture, cluttering the center of the space, destabilizes the possibility of a contemplative view of individual works, forcing the viewer to experience the space as a landscape including background noise. Moreover, the artist’s choice not to synchronize the opening of the exhibition with the inauguration, is a way to create a waiting time to reflect on the delicate relationship that exists today between the work and the event, its social aspect, its presentation in the media, and the art system.

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Visuels copyright the artist et BASE / Progetti per l’arte, Florence
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