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JFK TURNER

QUIET OBSCURITY 6 April - 1 May 2019


Cover: Untitled (detail)

Mixed Media on Board, 100 x 100cm

Additional works will be available during the exhibition. Further information on the artist, artworks and prices can be found on our website and via our Artsy profile.


JFK TURNER

QUIET OBSCURITY 6 April - 1 May 2019

Join us for the opening on Saturday 6th April from 2-4pm

&Gallery 17 Dundas Street Edinburgh EH3 6QG andgallery.co.uk info@andgallery.co.uk 07711 285 545


JFK TURNER J.F.K. Turner’s work is concerned with the unnoticed ephemeral elements of everyday life; found objects, marks, stains and the natural effect of time. For over 20 years Turner has collected objects that people have discarded from the street - for example a rubber band, a screwed-up piece of paper, or a flap on a cardboard box. These are non-objects, just the remnants of life. The structures in the paintings are based on these found objects. These objects offer a whole vocabulary of shapes and forms becoming a semiotic language in themselves. These are not abstract paintings but images based on something from the real world. The work is constructed under self-imposed limitations. Turner is interested in looking at humble everyday things and, therefore, limits himself to humble and everyday materials. Turner represents these objects as images using only non-artistic materials including varnish, wax, fragments of material, cardboard boxes, nails and junk mail. If paint is used it is household paint that is poured, smeared and allowed to congeal and crack – like spilt paint on a pavement. Working on wood allows the surface to be attacked by scratching, sanding and stabbing. The resulting paintings are physical; both in the process of their construction and in the final object. The paintings reveal how they were constructed - nails are visible and glue can be seen oozing from underneath certain sections. The final object is not only an image - it is a physical thing. The work could be seen as collage but Turner describes them as paintings seen within the tradition of painting. The process comes from questioning ‘What is a painting’, and maybe more importantly ‘What is an image’. Whether a picture is built up of pixels, oil paint, Byzantine mosaics or chalk scraped across a wall it is constructed from something. It manages to be two things - the matter it is made from and a signal that points to something else. It is a dialogue between a three-dimensional form and an image that relates to the original object – a new version of itself. Imposing limitations leads to opportunities and constraint allows the work to progress. Simply - these are images of things made from things and the final result is a new thing. The ordinary becomes unusual and other.


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 30 x 30cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 30 x 30cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 100 x 100cm


Untitled, Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 30 x 30cm


Untitled, Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 30 x 30cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 100 x 100cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 100 x 100cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 100 x 100cm


Untitled, Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 30 x 30cm


Untitled Mixed Media on Board, 20 x 20cm


E D U C AT I O N 2002 1998

PGCE, Northbrook College, Sussex, PGCE Bachelor of Fine Art, Southampton Institute

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 2017 2016 2015 2013 2006 2006 2006 2006

Solo Exhibition The & Gallery, Edinburgh ‘The Banal & The Beautiful’ Pie Factory, Margate Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery Solo Exhibition, Art Underground, Eastbourne Solo Exhibition, The NeedleMakers, Lewes Tin Drum, Hove St Anne’s W ell Garden Well Café, Brighton Seekings Group Exhibition, Brighton The Tin Drum, Kemp Town, Brighton

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 2018 2018 2018 2018 2018 2017 2017 2016 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2012 2009 2008 2008 2007

Three Views, Birley Centre Eastbourne Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Kobi & Teal Showcase, 67 York Street London ‘Collection Point’, Kobi & Teal Gallery, Frome ‘Salon 10’, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Derbyshire ‘Initial Sightings’, The & Gallery, Edinburgh Royal Academy Summer Exhibition ‘Process’ Birley centre, Eastbourne Brighton Art Fair Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall Pure Arts Fair, Battle Three Views, Birley Centre, Eastbourne The Quiet Night Inn, Café des Artistes, Lewes Group Exhibition, Birley Centre, Eastbourne Group Show, Zuma, Brighton Art at the Claremont, Brighton Festival Something Old - Something New, W Eastbourne, Seekings, Brighton Media Center


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JFK Turner - Quiet Obscurity - Solo Exhibition - 6 April - 1 May 2019 - &Gallery Edinburgh

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JFK Turner - Quiet Obscurity - Solo Exhibition - 6 April - 1 May 2019 - &Gallery Edinburgh

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