Martin Creed in Japan
28th April 2009
Composer Martin Creed will be working hard in Japan at the end of May. Creed’s musical works, including a brand new piece for orchestra, will be performed during presentations of his art works at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hiromi Yoshi Gallery in Tokyo.
Music presentations from Creed’s eclectic output include Work 955 performed by the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and Henrik Schaefer. This work was written for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of Creed’s recent exhibition at the Ikon Gallery. The Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra concert on May 29 will also include the world premiere of a new orchestral work by Creed.
At the opening of an exhibition of Creed’s art at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Creed’s Work No. 673 played by a local music teacher and a high school orchestra as a free event.
About Martin Creed…
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, and from 1986-90 attended the Slade School of Art in London. In 1993 his Work No. 81, 'a one inch cube of masking tape in the middle of every wall in a building' was installed in the offices of the London firm, Starkmann Ltd, and since then Creed has had eighteen solo exhibitions or projects in Europe and North America and has participated in numerous group exhibitions world wide. He lives and works in London.
Words and music have always been an integral part of Creed's practice. From the artist’s point of view ‘talks are works and words are work’. Creed has often combined art, talking, choreography and music played with his band. The simplicity of the music demonstrates a simple but intellectual approach to creating music/artwork. Using few notes and words Creed delivers compelling messages in tracks such as ‘Words’, ‘Thinking not thinking’ and ‘Fuck off’. Calvin Klein commissioned Creed to conceive an installation involving all the company's Spring 2008 collections. Creed’s orchestra was seated one behind another on a long, narrow stage running down the length of the space. The orchestra played dramatic outbursts led by a thundering bass drum, which sounded much like an external panic attack.
For more information about Martin Creed, please visit www.martincreed.com