Gavin Turk: ‘My artwork is at all times different individuals’s artwork’

by Editors Staff
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It’s been 25 years since ‘Sensation’, the 1997 landmark Royal Academy present in London that rattled the very material of artwork as we knew it. All the pieces was controversial, the whole lot stirred the senses, and nothing, in British artwork a minimum of, has been the identical since. 

One artist within the nucleus of this melting pot was Gavin Turk, a key protagonist of the YBAs (Younger British Artists). Turk’s subversive visible identification has lengthy been outlined by ‘quoting’ elements from different artists or sources and fusing them along with his personal. The ensuing recipe is a provocative mix that questions core notions of authorship and worth. ‘My artwork is at all times different individuals’s artwork,’ he says. ‘However I might additionally say that the inevitability of latest artwork is that it is at all times a self-portrait as properly.’

(Picture credit score: Courtesy Ben Brown High-quality Arts)

Amongst his most recognisable hits are Pop (1993), a waxwork determine of Turk as Sid Vicious posing as Andy Warhol’s Elvis Presley, which appeared as one of many headline works in ‘Sensation’; Pile (2004), a hyperreal ensemble of bronze-cast bin baggage; and extra just lately, a curious homage to Piero Manzoni in Artist’s Piss (2021), a collection of aluminium cans crammed with, properly, the title covers that. 

On the face of it, ‘Kerze’, at London’s Ben Brown High-quality Arts, appears devoid of the electric-shock issue for which Turk is thought. ‘Usually my works are humorous’, he says, strolling me across the exhibition in November. ‘I had an concept that there could be some humour within the unexpectedness of this as a present by me. It makes you snigger as a result of it is a bit off-key.’ In that sense, it is extremely Turk certainly; however we should look more durable, and deeper. He’s, in any case, an artist for which we’re conditioned to anticipate the sudden. 

Gavin Turk Kerze candle painting

Set up view of ‘Kerze’ by Gavin Turk

(Picture credit score: Courtesy Ben Brown High-quality Arts)

Gavin Turk Kerze Candle painting Ben Brown Fine Arts

Set up view of ‘Kerze’ by Gavin Turk

(Picture credit score: Courtesy Ben Brown High-quality Arts)

Turk has reworked the gallery into one thing akin to a chapel. Eleven canvases of meticulously painted candles (some solitary, some paired or in threes) are set in opposition to eerie, hazily-lit modernist backgrounds. Deal with one portray, and one other in your peripheral imaginative and prescient seems to billow within the gallery’s gradual wind.

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