Molly Zimmerman-Feeley

Molly Zimmerman-Feeley works at the MCA.

The Colors in the Café

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Posted October 30, 2012

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Martin Creed
Work No. 1351, 2012
Emulsion on wall
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Installation view, Martin Creed Plays Chicago, MCA Chicago, 2012
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

While eating my lunch last week, 
I sat admiring Martin Creed’s recently installed Work No. 1351 (2012). 
Thick, intersecting stripes of color cover the wall in Puck’s café, adding 
a playful dimension to what was previously a very white and clean-feeling space. This piece feels spontaneous and light. As is often 
the case with Creed’s simple-
looking installations, a tremendous amount of planning and carefully choreographed installation took place behind the scenes to make this 
piece possible. The following is the surprisingly long list of colors that were used by MCA preparators to paint this mural:

Golden Bounty, Luminous Days, Golden Nugget, Sunshine, American Cheese, Banana Yellow, Wasabi, Bright Gold, Goldsmith, Sweet Pear, Sundance, Burnt Cinnamon, Orange, Paradise Beach, Pumpkin Cream, Vivid Peach, Festive Orange, 14 Carrots, Orange Burst, Marmalade, Butterscotch, Beeswax, Dark Salmon, Tawny Day Lilly, Jack O’Lantern, Raspberry Truffle, Rose Parade, Pink Ladies, Hot Lips, Crushed Velvet, Bordeaux Red, Fuchsine, Pink Ruffle, Neon Red, Red, Rose Quartz, Hot Apple Spice, Exotic Red, Royal Flush, Dog’s Ear, Light Chiffon Pink, Razzle Dazzle, Peaches ’n’ Cream, Magenta, Deep Carnation, Melrose Pink, Margarita, Neon Green, Citrus Green, Grenada Green, Lilly Pad, Avocado, Fresh Scent Green, Nile Green, Webster Green, Amelia Island Blue, Marine Aqua, Snow Cone Green, Emerald Isle, Mississippi Mud, Wenge, Seed Brown, Falcon Brown, Woodcliffe Lake, Tulsa Twilight, 
Onyx White, Almost Black, Picket Fence, Silver Lining, Gray Sky, Blue Springs, Albany White, Turret, Sweet Innocence, Desert Beach, Seacliff Heights, Bluebelle, Gulfstream, 
Deep Royal, Midnight, Spring Sky, Watercolour Blue, Black Satin, 
At Sea, Brazilian Blue, Baby Seal Black, Poolside Blue, Mosaic, Tropical Teal, Beau Green, Naples Blue, Rhythm and Blues, Dream I 
Can Fly, Blue Wave, Graceful Sea, Dark Royal Blue, Americana, 
Mauve Bauhaus, Violet Stone, Scandinavian Blue, Elderberry Wine, Pinot Grigio Grape, Crocus Petal Purple, After the Rain, Dark Lilac, Mystical Grape, Victorian Purple, Trout Gray, Ebony Slate, Espresso Bean, and Cobblestone Path.

Martin Creed: “Work No. 1355,” 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

“My first reaction was to tell my husband to watch out because these nails protrude.”

“It’s in a perfect place next to the elevator. And it’s also a play on symmetry.”

“It’s weird.”

“Can I hang my purse here? Ask the artist that.”

“It reminds me of when I nail in hangers for paintings.”

“Are these nails? And what are nails anyway? That’s the question.”

“I don’t know. Is that a trick? Has it been made by one of the museum employees or is it a real installation?”

“I thought it was part of the elevator, part of the elevator’s mechanism.”

“A pretty nice coat rack. We could make that at home. Pretty cute. Like it.”

“I think it is the path to infinity.”

“I like it from the side best. It’s a ladder to heaven from here.”

“I think it’s birth to death. Just don’t know which end is which.”

“It is art. I see that. I just can’t explain it.”

“Well, different nails in different sizes, right? It’s a horizontal thing.”

“I think if the artist did more, it would be cooler. It’s just like, really? What?”

“The piece is independent. I’d rather use it than view it though.”

“Reminds me of a caterpillar. That’s what I see.”

Martin Creed, Work No. 916, 2008; Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

“I feel like I’m trying to understand something that doesn’t have a point.”

“Is there a reason he chose these products?”

“Is there anything in them?”

“It kind of looks like a robot.”

“I wonder if this means something with brands, like capitalism.”

“I don’t know what he’s trying to do. Or maybe he isn’t trying to do anything at all.”

“It’s a tower.”

“I just realized this was a piece.”

“It makes me think of my credit card bills.”

“It looks like my house.”

Martin Creed: Work No. 405 Ships coming in, 2005

Martin Creed, Work No. 405 Ships coming in, 2005; Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

“It raises questions about time. I wonder what the time frame is, you know? Were these shot the same day? Or did these take place years apart? I think it also speaks to the banality of the everyday. It seems to be the same motions day to day, there’s very little variance. I think something like this makes you reflect on how depressingly repetitive and boring our lives really are.”

“It’s interesting because the videos are exactly the same but completely different. No matter how similar things are, there’s always something that makes each thing unique. There are small differences between the videos, but when you watch the videos together those things stand out because they’re not exactly the same.”

Martin Creed performed “I Like Things” on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the lecture “Meet Martin Creed” at MCA Chicago.

I like things a lot.

I like things a lot.

I feel very well.

I feel very well.

I feel positive.

I like things a lot.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I’m happy.

Happy.

Happy.

Liking.

Liking.

Things.

Things.

Yeah.

Yeah.

I like things a lot.

I like things a lot.

I feel very well.

I feel very well.

I feel positive.

I like things a lot.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I like things.

I’m happy.

Liking.

Liking.

Things like.

Things like.

Things.

Things.

No.

No.