Coming Soon: Contemporary Art Installation By Martin Creed

We are anticipating the installation of Work No. 965: Half the air in a given space by Martin Creed, one of Great Britain’s most acclaimed contemporay artists, has been described as an “epicsculpture/installation/happening.” The all-inclusive list attempts to classify an artwork that is versatile in essence and cannot be pinned down as one specific genre.

“Martin Creed’s playful installation will activate the East Wing, one of the museum’s signature galleries and put the work in dialogue with the extraordinary architectural setting and the comprehensive permanent collection,” stated C. Griffith Mann, Ph.D, the museum’s deputy director and chief curator. “The timing of this acquisition is purposeful in that this installation, together with the museum’s recently reconfigured contemporary galleries has been scheduled to run in tandem with the completion of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s new building, scheduled to open in October. This is a moment when Cleveland is showcasing its engagement with international contemporary artists.”

Work No. 200: Half the air in a given space (detail), 1998 White balloons; each diam. 30.5 cm (12 in.); overall dimensions variable Installation at Galerie Analix B & L Polla, Geneva, Switzerland

First created by Creed in 1998 with white balloons as Work No. 200 and then proposed indifferent colors in subsequent years, Work No. 965 (2008) comprises purple balloons, 11 inches in diameter. The sculpture is installed, based on the artist’s instructions, to fill half a room’s entire volume with air-inflated balloons and to let the viewers walk in. Now in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the work marks a passage in the history of this institution: it offers a stronger link than any other object between the museum’s visual arts collection and its performing arts programs. Half the air in a given space debuts in the museum’s southeast corner gallery, a tall cubic room enclosed in g!

lass on three sides.

This pivotal architectural moment invites insight on the original 1916 museum building as it connects to the new East wing and Atrium. Following a four-year-long display of figures and busts by Auguste Rodin, Half the air in a given space replaces the sculptures with audience members in motion, in plain sight, mixing with the balloons.

The title points to space and air manifested as breath and volume. “It is important to me,”says Creed, “that the situation is normal, that, as usual, the space is full of air; it’s just that half of it [is] inside the balloons.” With the balloons being above and below the viewer’s eye level, the mass is neither impenetrable nor heavy; rather, it coexists with people.

See and here more of the artist from a recent Chicago appearance.

Work No. 965: Half the air in a given space will be on view September 30 through November 25, 2012.


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