Work No. 202: Half the air in a given space
Work No. 202: Half the Air in a Given Space exemplifies Turner-prize winning artist Martin Creed’s career-long investigation into how we physically experience everyday life. Creed produces his works, which now number over 1000 projects, by himself, with performers, or, in this case, through the active participation of visitors. In this installation the artist gives form to the air that surrounds us by precisely measuring and capturing half of it inside nearly twenty thousand black balloons. Creating an environment that is both playful and claustrophobic, he drastically alters our perception of space. Here, as in the majority of his production, Creed uses the art museum, a site of meaningful contemplation, to turn our experience of the ordinary into a work of art.