The exhibition was spread over the entire gallery, using both inside and outside space. Creed created smaller spaces by adding walls - most of which became pieces of art themselves. I didn't know much about Creed before visiting the exhibition, except that he won the Turner prize in 2001 for his piece 'Work number 227: the lights going on and off'.
Because of this I was expecting a lot of very conceptual pieces and installations.
Much of Creeds work seems to be about repetition. There were several pieces that use the idea from work 227, a door and some curtains that open and close, a car that turns on and off while throwing the doors open and a piano that opens the lid and slams shut every 15 minutes. He also uses repetition in the drawings and paintings he makes, my favourite piece was work 1000: 1,000 prints made with Broccoli. I loved how many there were, Creed made the first one as an album cover. 'Realising that his favourite vegetable is the size of a seven inch single he decided to cut it in half and use it to make an image.' I thought the finished broccolis made a lovely wall paper. - And for me that was the problem with a lot of Creeds work, I really liked how a lot of it looked, however I didn't feel anything, except that maybe Creed could have done a bit MORE.
Some of the presentation felt very lazy to me, starting with the title. 'What's the point of it?' It's such an over done sentence: after visiting a contemporary art exhibition I expect a large portion of the general public would probably question 'the point', so to make that reaction your aim seems silly to me, when you could make something that actually makes people react to the world in some way...and STILL get that reaction. The general lay out also felt lazy as well, work 227, perhaps his most famous piece was hardly noticeable. It was in the second room, a very large space with lots of natural light, making it very hard to see the piece. Reading about Creed after visiting the exhibit I think that he might have done this exactly because it seems lazy. It didn't work for me though.
I left the exhibition thinking that Creed came across as a bit of a dick really. I wasn't inspired in the way I usually am after an exhibition. However I did have a reaction - and isn't that all you can really hope for as an artist? If someone leaves your exhibition and wants to talk about your work I don't think it really matters if what they have to say is mostly negative. Creed agrees with me; "I think that the best things get under people's skin, make them remember them. People aren't stupid. They know what's fake and what's not. They respond to things. Art is just things in the world, usually an arrangement of colour and shapes. It's people who have the feelings and the reactions."
Finally, work number 200: in which exactly half of the air in the room is contained in balloons. It looks fantastic, it was the piece I was most looking forward to seeing. It is horrible in there! The balloons are pressed right up against your face, popping loudly all over the place and you leave smelling horribly of latex. It's worth a look, but be warned you probably won't enjoy yourself in there!