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aeroplastics contemporary: GAVIN TURK + YOU KNOW I KNOW HE KNOWS WE KNOW - 20 Sept 2008 to 8 Nov 2008

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20 Sept 2008 to 8 Nov 2008
Tues - Fri 11-18 Sat 2-18 or by appointment
Opening Saturday Sept 20th 2008
Aeroplastics Contemporary
32 rue Blanche
1060
Brussels
Belgium
Europe
p: 32 2 537 22 02
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f: 32 2 537 15 49
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Gavin Turk, Somebody's Son, 280 x 100 x 100 cm
GT as Queens Guard GT waxwork as Queens guard inside century box
Wax, wood, clothing, gun, paint
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Artists in this exhibition: GAVIN TURK, TOBY CHRISTIAN, TOM CRAWFORD, ROSS DOWNES, JIM HOLLINGWORTH


GAVIN TURK
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TOBY CHRISTIAN, TOM CRAWFORD, ROSS DOWNES, JIM HOLLINGWORTH:

YOU KNOW I KNOW HE KNOWS WE KNOW

New Art from London



AEROPLASTICS Contemporary has the pleasure to present, for the first time in Belgium, a selection of works by British artist GAVIN TURK. In parallel Gavin Turk has invited the public to discover the work of four young London-based artists in an exhibition entitled « I know, you know, they know, we know ». The sculptures of Toby CHRISTIAN explore the concept of artifice, the installations of Tom CRAWFORD examine the conceptual manipulation of the pictorial image, Ross DOWNES introduces us to his art « Brit Povera », and Jim Hollingworth (JIMP) draws morbid fascinations from daily life.

Gavin Turk's exhibition on the ground floor and 1st floor of the gallery brings together a painstaking selection of his works, from sculptures depicting himself in wax to recent works in painted bronze, while also casting an eye to his self-portraits silkscreened on canvas and his aquarelles.

His work questions the value, the authenticity, the originality and the integrity of art. To this end, the artist parodies famous contemporary art-works, and examines the validity of personality cults devoted to certain of his confrères. What is the influence of celebrity on how art is seen? Can a work of art still have intrinsic value?

Entering the arena of this debate, Turk cultivates ambiguity. Yes, he is the apparent subject of his oeuvre. But who is really hiding behind this de-multiplied image of Gavin Turk, be it via his superb wax self-portraits (Somebody’s Son) or his silkscreens (Elvis Dyptich)?

Furthermore, the artist draws from everyday street life, once again, casting an ironic eye on the question of value and appearance. He works bronze and polyester to hyper-realistic effect, here revisiting the most trifling of objects, not to have them exist as souvenirs but to underline the contradiction of their existence and to call into question received ideas and beliefs born of habit. The tube from a toilet-paper roll (Manzonian Tube) is far from being the piece of cardboard that is seems to be, and his sleeping bags (Habitat – Ziggy Purple) are heavy with all the weight of this society that ignores its homeless habitants.

Here, too, we have an artist revealing to us the finesse of a watercoloured cardboard box (Open Box), and exploits the urinary stream upon metallic paint as just another mode of anointing the canvas (Untitled Anthropomorphic Piss Painting).

In sum, if one knows nothing of him, the man, obscure behind this alter-ego that is Gavin Turk, the artist, the range of works on view at AEROPLASTICS Contemporary offers a fine panorama of the history of contemporary art, from Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Beuys, to Andy Warhol… among others.

Gavin Turk was born in England in 1967, and continues to live and work there. He studied at London’s Royal College of Art, an institution which refused to validate his work for the year 1991, consisting simply of a plaque (like those seen outside historic buildings) commemorating the artist’s presence within the school’s walls between 1989 and 1991. This work, and its consequences, secured him immediate notoriety. As one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) he participated in numerous group exhibitions (from « Sensation Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection », Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997), « Century City », at the Tate Modern, London (2001), « Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop », at Tate Liverpool (2002), « Superstars! The Celebrity Factor. From Warhol to Madonna » at Vienna’s Kunsthalle (2005)) and individual shows (Jay Jopling/White Cube, London; the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève; Sean Kelly, New York; Krinzinger, Vienna; Magasin, Grenoble) .


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