Issue 13 is by visual artist, writer and curator Matthew Higgs and visual artist Martin Creed. The issue consists of a 12 inch vinyl picture disk with an image of Matthew Higgs on one side and an image of Martin Creed on the other. The record contains one track entitled 'My Advice' with words and music by Martin Creed.
- MATTHEW HIGGS AND MARTIN CREED
Matthew Higgs work - which invariably takes the form of framed book pages, framed exhibition catalog covers and photographs of books – might productively be thought of as 'found conceptual art'. For more than 12 years Higgs has worked within these self-consciously defined - but almost infinite - parameters. Rooted in countless hours spent in second-hand bookshops Higgs' re- contextualization of existing printed matter seeks to consider questions of authorship, uniqueness, labor (or lack thereof), vandalism, linguistics, typography, design (and its relationship with late-modernist abstraction), amongst other things. Often making direct reference to the condition - and reception - of art, Higgs' ongoing project formally acknowledges the presence and role of the viewer, while simultaneously addressing the physical reality of the art object.
Born in 1964 in Wakefield, UK, he received his BA (Hons Fine Art) at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. He is an artist, writer, curator and educator. Over the past 15 years he has organized more than 200 exhibitions and projects with artists in Europe, the United States and Canada. Recent projects include a survey of the work of the San Francisco-based artist William Scott (2008), Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Words Fail Me (2007), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; and Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions (2007), Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. He has contributed texts to more than 50 publications, including recent books on Ken Price, John Baldessari, Kay Rosen, Dave Muller, and John McCracken. He is a regular contributor to Artforum. He has most recently exhibited his work in a series of exhibitions with Margaret Lee at The Green Gallery, Milwaukee (2012); International Art Objects, Los Angeles (2013); Murray Guy, New York (2013) and Team Gallery, New York (2014.). He has held curatorial positions at the ICA, London and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and is currently director and curator of White Columns, New York.
Martin Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield, England. From the age of three he lived in Glasgow, Scotland. Between 1986 and 1990 he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. After art school he lived and worked in London until 2001, when he moved to Alicudi, Italy. In 2001 he was the winner of the Turner Prize.
He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi.
More information on Martin Creed can be found here.