Conceptual Trickster Gavin Turk Returns to Galerie Krinzinger After 16 Years
Sixteen years after his first solo show at Vienna’s Galerie Krinzinger, British provocateurA Vision,” pays homage to three pioneering thinkers: conceptual artist
Throughout his career, multimedia artist Turk, who first drew attention as a
Upon entering “A Vision” a neon spelling out the show’s very title is mounted on the wall next to a mobile of clocks, each marking different times. Titled Time and Space (for Joseph Kosuth) (2015), the work re-imagines Kosuth’s iconic work Clock (One and Five) (1965), in which he probed “linguistic anthropology” (the effect that language has on the way we see the world) by installing a clock, a photograph of a clock, and dictionary entries related to a clock alongside each other. In Turk’s version, clocks spin and tick inexorably, making us keenly aware of an object’s ability to track and define human experience.
In the two neighboring rooms a recurring egg motif stands out. In several works, the oblong form, which alludes to the genesis of life, of course, is represented in numerous mediums and tied to different historical luminaries. In Holy Egg (Sienna) (2014), Turk conjures
All of this is bathed in the glow of Freudian-Kosuthian neons reading “ID” and “ego,” perhaps a reminder that while art changes, and history marches on, the human condition does not.
—Franziska Sophie Wildförster
“A Vision” is on view at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Sept. 17 – Oct. 31, 2015.