He was born in Guildford, near London, and went to the Royal College of Art. However, in 1991, the tutors refused to give him the final degree because of his show, called Cave, which consisted of a whitewashed studio space, containing only a blue heritage plaque (of the kind normally found on historic buildings) commemorating his own presence as a sculptor. This bestowed some instant notoriety on Turk, whose work was collected by Charles Saatchi.
His work often involves his own image disguised as that of a famous person. He has cast himself in a series of detailed life sized sculptures as different romantic heroes, including Sid Vicious, Jean-Paul Marat and Che Guevara. Pop, a waxwork model of Turk as Sid Vicious, in white jacket and black trousers, pointing a handgun (appropriating the stance of Andy Warhol’s painting of Elvis Presley as a cowboy), was part of the 1997 Sensation exhibition which toured London, Berlin and New York. A set of what appeared to be classic posters of Che Guevara in a beret, revealed themselves on further scrutiny to be photos of Turk in the same pose.
Ambiguity features throughout his work. What appeared to be a discarded plastic rubbish bag was in fact a bronze sculpture of one. A large industrial skip (normally yellow, battered and with rust) was painted an immaculate gloss black. He turned up at the private view of the Sensation exhibition at the solemn Royal Academy, London, dressed as a down-and-out.
BAS vs. Miami. This week the recap of Bad at Sports’ trip to Miami Basel.
We open with words of advice from BAS. Then we talk to see, review and mumble about the goings on in Miami
People who had something to say this show include:
Lisa Dorin: Assistant Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago
Lisa Boyle: Head Honcho Lisa Boyle Gallery, Bird-Horse-Muffin coach.
Christopher Vroom Collector and Artadia Board President
Todd Simon: collector, President of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Vice-President of Jewish Family Service, and is active on the Boards of the United Way of the Midlands, Young President’s Organization and R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2,
Michael Workman: Bridge guy
Vanessa Chafen: Michael Workman herder.
Jodie Jacobi: Artist
Susan Gescheidle: Gescheidle gallery. She gives us breaking news.
Noah Lang: Trillium Press.
Maura Thompson: Artist
And so much more, lots of talk about hotels and alcohol.
This week Duncan and Richard talk to Tony Feher about his work and installation at The Suburban in Oak Park. The following is shamelessly lifted from the Worcester Art Museum’s site:
American artist Tony Feher has become a leading voice among his generation of sculptors. Rooted in the legacy of Minimalism, Feher’s understated use of humble, forgettable materials that he finds: bottles, jars, plastic soda crates turns the commonplace and mundane into work that is rich with human emotion and fragile beauty.
Next, Terri and Serena talk to Larry Shure about his blisteringly kick ass project Ultra Local Geography a zine focused on the microcosm.
Then, Christian and Emily talk about the galleries in the East End of London.
Hey, we know you are an opinionated bastard, go post on the Blog www.badatsports.com.
Next week. Miami!
This week we talk to Susan F. Rossen, Executive Director of Publications at the Art Institute of Chicago about the new show at Corbett vs. Dempsey: Joseph Friebert, Fred Berman, & the Milwaukee Scene 1935-1965.
Also Mike Benedetto has his first Superstar Special movie review.
And, Brian Andrews and Marc LeBlanc talk to Joyce Grimm and Dina Pugh about Triple Base gallery, and creating a space for emerging artists and curators. All you bright young upstarts, you need to listen to this interview.
We still want your feedback. E-mail us at email@example.com with your thoughts on the show, what works, what doesn’t, who we should interview, and who should piss-off.
We promise we will never record the intro and outro in a Dunkin Donuts again, sorry.
THIS WEEK: the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s Manilow Senior Curator Francesco Bonami interviewed live a Three Walls on Tuesday November 21, 2006. Francesco gives his frank and funny perspective on everything from: why Australian art is bad, compares Kentuckians to Europeans, and talks about the role of the curator as artist.
Well the residency is over. Thanks for coming. Thanks to Three Walls for all their help and patience. It was nice to meet so many of you and there was a minimum of rotting fruit thrown at us.
Hey! We need your help, yes you dammit. We crank out this show every week for you information and amusement, now it is time for your sorry butts to pitch in.
We need to hear your feedback, we are about to have our third formal staff meeting ever and would love to hear from you on what works, what doesn’t, who you’d like to hear interviewed (no, don’t say “me” unless you have a solid reason or are a superstar) and any other wit and wisdom you the loyal listener wishes to send our way. We are going to re-examine and re-evaluate the project to see where we go from here (if we go from here?) and would love to hear from people outside of our sad, insular, little bubble. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, title your e-mail “Feedback”. Thanks!