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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 22:44 GMT
Creed's minimal approach to art
Creed: His art is concerned with "nothing in particular"
Martin Creed has won the controversial Turner Prize for his installation The Lights Going On and Off. BBC News Online takes a closer look at his career as an artist.

Installation artist Martin Creed has said he is driven as an artist by an urge to create "things".

He uses everyday materials for his creations, and as his winning work suggests, it consists simply an empty room with lights that flash on and off.

It created a flurry of headlines when the Turner Prize shortlist was unveiled in November at London's Tate Britain, which is par for the course for the notorious award.

Creed's installation
Creed's work has attracted a lot of attention
The Tate's communications curator said his work was "emblematic of mortality".

"What Creed has done is really make minimal art minimal by dematerialising it - removing it from the hectic, commercialised world of capitalist culture. His installation activates the entire space," the curator added.

But this is not the first time Creed's art has attracted attention.

Another work, Some Blu-Tack Kneaded, Rolled Into A Ball, And Depressed Against A Wall, looks exactly as its name suggests.


He said he was taken with the idea of using the sticky substance, but had nothing to actually put up with it - so he just displayed the Blu-Tack.

He has also made an artwork which consisted of a piece of A4 paper screwed up into a ball.

Creed was born in Wakefield, west Yorkshire, but was brought up in Glasgow.

He gained his formal art education at the Slade School of Art in London, the artist himself has said he is concerned with "nothing in particular".

Another work allowed participation from those viewing it - Work 200 Half The Air In A Given Space was a room half-filled with balloons which visitors could walk through.

He described his art as "about 50% what I make it and 50% about what other people make of it".

The BBC's Arts Correspondent Rosie Millard
offers a guide to the nominees for this year's Turner Prize
Tate Britain's Simon Wilson
"Turner prize winners are often at a crucial stage in their careers"
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