Somehow you think that if an artist can persuade the art establishment to award him the Turner Prize in 2001 with a single light bulb that turned on and off that he should be in the current government helping to move the country forward in the mad, chaotic and uncertain world of Brexit. A light bulb turning on and off is so controlled, so managed, so predictable, and so reassuring.
I have to admit that, for me, one of Martin Creed’s most successful and inspirational works is quite architectural – the Scotsman Steps in the Old Town on Edinburgh, constructed of more than 100 types of marble. His talents also move into music – with the most exposure being his three minute introduction to the 2012 Olympics in London involving people from all around the world. He also has a sense of humour which brings a smile to people using his Singling Lift in the Royal Festival Hall and his signs ‘Everything is Going to be Alright’. He definitely should be in politics!
Now he is back in London with his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth where he has branched out beyond painting, drawing and sculpture to video and to discordant songs performed by singers in Creed-designed costumes, which were a joy to watch, with the fox-like creature ‘Jimmy’ waiting and ready to pounce. It is fascinating to see how his work has developed and to wonder where it will go to next?