MJ Turpin, ‘Death is the only constant’, 2011, Museum of African Design (MOAD)

Artist's Statement
Murray Turpin explores contemporary forms of escapism – such as the Internet, drug addiction and Religion – citing notions of time travel and creating work in a black void. Murray continues his exploration into materiality (literal and metaphorical), the relationship between space, cyberspace and the invisible spaces in between. All of which are metaphors for purposefully avoiding the staple reflections (race, gender, sexual orientation, class etc) and theoretical norms within artistic practice in South Africa at this point in time.

Image rights: Photographer: Louis Grobler Artwork copyright holder: Murray Turpin

Murray Turpin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa (1982). He received his BA Fine Art (Honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has participated in numerous local exhibitions at spaces such as the Goodman Gallery, Circa, Nirox Gallery, Artspace, Bell Roberts,Johannesburg Art Gallery, Gus Gallery and several international exhibitions in Belgium, France, Australia and Taiwan. Residencies include BiljmAIR(Amsterdam) 2012. Murray Turpin is also one of the directors of Johannesburg based project space and gallery the Kalashnikovv Gallery and was one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2013. His most recent shows being at Gaite Lyrique (Paris - 2013) for South Africa/French Season ,"Working Title" at the Goodman Gallery (2013 - Group show) "I Take it all Back" Nirox project space (2014 - Group show), Gus Gallery Stellenbosch for "Gesture" (2014-Group show). "The Escape from self"(2014) at the Kalashnikovv Gallery (solo) A 2 week Absolut Residency in Maboneng (2014) a 2 week online Residency with Floating Reverie (2014) and at the Flits Gallery/ I AM Institute Berlin(2015) Post///Digital///Floating Reverie, Kalashnikovv Gallery (2015) and “escape from self 2” Kalashnikovv Gallery (solo) 2015

About MJ Turpin

South African, b. 1982, Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Shows

Kalashnikovv Gallery, 
Aesthetic Engineering: Maaike Bakker and MJ Turpin

Fair History on Artsy

Kalashnikovv Gallery at FNB JoburgArtFair 2015