Vortrag29. November 2016
Gavin Turk Künstler, London
Trompe-l'ilTurks installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the myth of the artist and the authorship of a work, Turks engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, Cave, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'.
Gavin Turk will give a talk about his work, with particular emphasis on objet trouvé (the found object) and trompe loeil (painted sculpture).
Gavin Turk (b 1967) is a British born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.
Instantly gaining notoriety through his final show installation Cave in 1991, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions. Turk's work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world.
In 2013 Prestel published Turks first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk which playfully explores themes associated with the artists work via thirty notable contributors.
Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including L'Âge d'Or (2016), sited on the south corner of the Press Centre building in the Olympic Park and Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Pauls cathedral, London, England.
Exhibitions 2016: Who What When Where How and Why, Newport Street Gallery, London (cat.); GT, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (cat.); Petroleum, Baldwin Gallery, USA; Water Biscuit, The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London