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Gavin Turk: Give In

February 8, 2017 by Mary

Ben Brown Fine Arts presents Give In, an exhibition of Gavin Turk's highly influential works to coincide with the artist's major survey show, Who What When Where How & Why at Damien Hirst's award-winning Newport Street Gallery. Give In transforms the gallery into a Museum of Curiosities, with pseudo-archaeological objects in cabinets punctuating the space, an installation cum magician's trick, and brand new trompe l'oeil sculptures.

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Gavin Turk, Painted Bronze Paint (Albers Table), 2016
Painted bronze, limited edition of 8, 28 x 148 x 60 mm

Over the last three decades, Turk has relentlessly challenged the notions of value, authorship, and identity in his work, audaciously intermingling references both to modern masters and to himself, in the pieces he creates. Give In plays with the modernist framework; the works presented allude to the nuances of language, philosophy and to the Age of Reason and beyond. Paternal art historical references are layered like geological strata: Josef Albers, Joseph Beuys, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd and Joseph Kosuth, are familiar forbearers who resonate in his work.

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Gavin Turk, Edgar Allan Poe Award Painting
Painted bronze, limited edition of 8, 410 x 270 mm

Turk will premiere new works inspired by the defining 'boxes' Judd began in the Sixties.Balloons, Nature Nurture, Purgatory and Ship in a Bottle (all 2017) cleverly fuse the careful minimalist structures of the Juddish boxes with the worn and discarded found objects within. Viewers are forced to look, and then look again. By juxtaposing these materials, Turk elevates familiarly banal objects to undeniably significant pieces of art, pushing the viewer to take notice of the form and function of the object. This idea is echoed in Rotrophydhian (2017), the museum's high alter, in which the sleek, clinical Pop Art aesthetic of Hirst's iconic 'medicine cabinets' are challenged by the very detritus that fills it - making provocative references to utopian images of an ideal society and addressing age-old philosophical preoccupations with birth, death and decay. These latest works add another layer of illusion to the artist's subversion of the rules of commercial art.

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Gavin Turk, White Square after Malevich, 2015
Unique found canvas mounted on linen, 575 x 570 x 45 mm

In our post-factual reality, the transition between throwaway rubbish and that which is elevated to the bastions of high art - through casting in bronze with Turk's pioneering trompe l'oeil surface - is not so instantly perceptible and requires our close observation. Injuries also Occur in the Language(2015), Triple QX, ATF Plus (2015), Killer Filler(2017) and Painted Bronze Paint (2016) are exquisitely detailed sculptures that resemble punctured and depleted footballs, petrol cans, car filler and paint tubes respectively.

As visitors walk through the gallery they will eventually come to enter Give In (2017), an installation that welcomes, puzzles and intrigues. An impish reference to Duchamp's infamous last major artwork Étant donnés (Given) (1946-66), Give In is an optical illusion, visible only through a key hole in an old wooden door; instead of Duchamp's tableau of a nude woman lying on her back, Turk presents his audience with a distorted examination of self, through the lens of the artist.

Ben Brown Fine Arts
12 Brook’s Mews, London W1K 4DG

9 February – 12 April, 2017