Former Turner prize winner Martin Creed has transformed the gallery dining room of famous London restaurant Sketch. The restaurant, owned by Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz has been decorated with contemporary artist Creed’s work such as Work No. 1343, in which every single piece of furniture, cutlery, crockery and glassware is different. Work No. 1347 is a zigzagged floor containing 96 different kinds of marble, and there are many large-scale wall paintings displayed throughout the room.
Gagnaire has designed an unusual menu to match the restaurant’s new look, containing dishes that are influenced by Creed’s eclectic artistic style. Dishes include Guinness-poached salmon, Veal ragout with ginger and green apple, and Beef and Foie gras burger. Martin commented on his design that “I want the whole world to be in it”, and this is certainly true of Sketch’s wine list: sommelier Fred Brugues has chosen a list that includes wines from Japan, Austria, Algeria, Uruguay and Romania.
Creed’s previous work spans music, film, dance, sculpture and installation art. The work that earned him his Turner Prize was Work No. 227, The Lights Going On and Off and was displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The installation consisted of a bare-walled gallery with lights turning on and off at intervals of 5 seconds and is based on a “cycle of repetitive contradictions” (MoMa). His upcoming Work No. 1197 will mark the start of the 2012 Olympic season; all of the bells in a country will be rung quickly and loudly for three minutes.
In an interview with Wallpaper magazine, Creed said of the Sketch project “I was interested in it for the same reason I like to do public work. I want to make my work better and I want my work to survive in a hostile environment. Galleries are so cosseting and precious. In a way, they are fake environments. Art becomes less self-conscious when people are doing other things around it; when the work is just a backdrop.”
Sketch, housed in 9 Conduit Street, has a history of nearly 10 years and the collaboration with Creed is the first of many artist/restaurant conceptions at the venue, which aims to combine art, food, design and functionality with no boundaries. The new-style Sketch will be on display for 18 months, and is open Monday to Saturday, 6:30pm – 2am.
Images Courtesy of Sketch online