A isolated sneer – cut and collaged from a photographic image of the Sid Vicious Pop sculpture – references this canine facial expression which has been a shorthand for rebellion and anti-establishment through the history of popular culture. Set against a plain background colour and without reference, this expression has become more camp than threatening.
Gavin Turk was born in Guildford, 1967, and studied at the Royal College of Art. In 1991, he was denied his MA degree from the college having exhibited only a blue heritage plaque of his name on the white walls of the exhibition space. This is the same plaque printed on Turk’s Pretty Taxing disc sleeve.
Questioning the originality and authenticity of art has led to Turk’s eminence as one of the young British artists, and has resulted in his work being collected by Tate Modern, London; Charles Saatchi; Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK and Victoria and Albert Musuem, London.