Tuesday, October 5, 2010

martin creed

I recently had the pleasure of getting a guided tour of Martin Creed's show Open/Closed, Big/Small, Full/Empty, On/Off, at Western Bridge Gallery. Martin Creed's work tends to focus on time-based installations that involve the viewer in the piece. The show at Western Bridge includes Work No. 312, a dark room containing a lamp that flashes on and off automatically, momentarily illuminating gallery patrons before returning them to darkness; as well as a piece consisting of a small dog (a Chihuahua) and a large dog (a Wolf Hound) who are loose in the main exhibition space during gallery hours. Unfortunately I didn't get to experience the latter piece when I was there as the dogs were on break. The highlight of this exhibition is Work No. 360, an installation consisting of a large room filled to the halfway point with silver balloons. Gallery patrons are allowed and even encouraged to interact with this piece. I have to say it was the most fun I've had at an art exhibit in a while. Playing in a room filled with balloons is even more fun than it sounds. My friend snapped a few photos, which I'm including below. I think you can see how much fun I was having.

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Once again I've been neglecting Whiskey Tango Fontbook. I swear I had good reason, though. There's been a lot happening in my personal life in the last few months - some good, some bad - but it's all kept me pretty busy. The good news is, I got a job as a designer. Finally! Now that I'm not worried about finding a job, I plan to return to my twice a month posting schedule. Anyway, I'm back. And I've been looking at lots of great art in Seattle, so I have plenty to discuss. Thanks for reading!