exhibition by the notorious Brit Artist, Gavin Turk, will be at
the New Art Centre, Roche Court this summer.
Gavin Turk made a name for himself, literally, very early on in
his career with his now infamous 1991 Royal College of Art degree
His show featured a single blue English Heritage plaque with the
inscription "Borough of Kensington Gavin Turk Sculptor Worked Here
Turk Egg Sculpture
this memorial to a career that hadn't yet started with the distinct
absence of actual work left the RCA cold and he was refused an MA
From then on he continued to explore what it means to be an artist
and became best known for his life-size waxwork self-portraits of
himself in a number of familiarly iconic guises, ranging from Sid
Vicious to Che Guevara.
Now the no-longer-so-young star of the British contemporary Art
scene has turned his attention away from himself and towards his
audience more specifically their reactions to his works of art.
His most recent work 'Nomad', a painted bronze cast of a figure
in a sleeping bag, is displayed out on the streets where Turk can
watch people's reactions to it.
At the New Art Centre the idea of spectating on and enforcing the
spectators' viewing experience is developed further.
on view in Gavin Turk's solo show, Copper Jubilee at the New
Art Gallery in Walsall.
by Roche Court's traditional Arcadian landscape the mythological
heroine, Ariadne, is given the Turk treatment.
Gone are the opulent swathes of drapery instead the sleeping figure
of Ariadne is shown in a sleeping bag. In so doing Ariadne becomes
a 21st century contemporary.
Even the 17 metre-long wall of the gallery itself is to be treated
to Turk's own unique twist with a trompe l'oeil which promises to
challenge the very dynamics of the building.
Within the grounds of the park a sculpture of a giant egg, Oeuvre,
illustrates Turk's fascination with the cycle of birth, life and
The commonplace and domestic egg sitting in a natural open-air environment
is made both comic and surreal by its sheer size.
But as a symbol of birth, creation and of fragility it represents
the delicate balance between life and death.
Overall the exhibition promises to challenge the classical notions
With his work Turk is asking us to consider, once again, how we
look at the world and how we fit into it.