Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Discover two decades in one day
'Burnt Out', 2008, Gavin Turk
Located in the City of Westminster, the Ben Brown Fine Arts Gallery represents the contemporary art scene in the UK, but also the work of 20th century Italian artists. Merging both is interests together, Ben Brown is now exhibiting one of his favourite UK artists, Gavin Turk, whose work has been inspired by the two Italian masters, Lucio Fontana and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Born in 1899, Fontana was the founder of the Spatialism movement, which was a method of creating illusionary space through colour and light. Pistoletto on the other hand, was born in 1933, and was part of the Arte Povera movement. Translated, it means 'poor art', and attacked government values by using simple objects to convey messages.
Both these styles can be seen in Turk's work; for example, the juxtaposition of Burnt Out (2008), the image of a burnt out campfire, and Habitat (2004), a dirty sleeping bag, gives the impression that someone has been 'roughing it out'.
His exhibition, The Years, will be open until 14th June, and is a reflection on over two decades of work. As well as showcasing art that has never been viewed in the UK before, there will also be recent pieces on display, including Triple Pop Black and White (2011), which is a remake of his famous 1993 Pop waxwork.