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Exhibitions

Martin Creed: Work No. 202: Half the air in a given space

01 Feb 2013 - 01 Apr 2013

Gallery B108

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.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Access to the installation space is subject to certain conditions. Restrictions may apply.  

Martin Creed
<em>Work No. 202, Half the air in a given space</em>, 1998
Black balloons
Multiple parts, each balloon 12 in / 30.5 diameter; overall dimensions variable 
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Private Collection, Vancouver
Photo © National Gallery of Canada

Martin Creed Work No. 202, Half the air in a given space, 1998 Black balloons Multiple parts, each balloon 12 in / 30.5 diameter; overall dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Private Collection, Vancouver Photo © National Gallery of Canada