Luckily our trip to the Voorlinden coincided with Martin Creed's SAY CHEESE exhibition. The Turner Prize winning artist, from Wakefield, had taken over 9 rooms in the gallery and it was brilliant fun! The exhibition emphasises Martin's playful perspective on the world, inspired by personal experiences. His work is unique, fun and engaging.
We recently saw a smaller Creed exhibition at The Harris Museum in Preston, where he exhibited Work No.960 (2008), an installation of 13 cactus plants. I was happy to see more of the same in the Voorlinden. Work No.587 shows 29 different cactus plants arranged in a row by height. The cacti are likely to grow at different rates and once one grows outside of the current sequence, they will be rearranged. The artwork continues to re-create itself through the living plants.
'SAY CHEESE! is a voyage of discovery into the world of Martin Creed: a world full of humour and self-mockery, but which also casts a critial eye on society.'
We had a lot of fun getting lost inside Work No.628, the room filled half way with balloons. Within the static you completely lose all sense of direction and you become very aware of your physical space. The work is constantly changing, as the balloons move with each move you and the other people in the room make. A big highlight of our trip to Voorlinden!
The first thing your eyes focus on when you walk into room 2, is 'DON'T WORRY' two large neon signs hung onto two separate brightly coloured walls. The large capital letters make you feel as though it's a command rather than any kind of reassurance. 'Don't' is mounted on a wall of red squares, tilted to become diamonds, that never touch one another. Beginning with the lower left diamond shape, each field is drawn out in pencil before being coloured in. The length of the sides equal the width of a 12 inch roller, meaning each diamond shape is created using only two short movements - risky business.
Creed never fails to put a smile on my face, the bright colours and comical aspects of his work have people giggling on their walk through his exhibition.