Gavin Turk will pay homage to Warhol paying homage to Jackson Pollock in this very special live oxidization evening.
We understand that the Mona Lisa is indeed both sitter and Artist, subject and object, A and B, but we don't really care, as long as what we're looking at is the real thing - as long as it's 'authentic', 'mythical' and most importantly, priceless. The back of the painting as valuable, as viable, as the front; obverse and reverse, in the language of coinage. A process during which the use and placement of that which is created, the willing objet d'art, may in fact end up being the Art, just as much as the real art itself - a layering known as installation, interior design or architecture.
But the Artist is not the only one who receives 'the spark'.
GAVIN TURK - BIOGRAPHY Gavin Turk was born in 1967 in Guildford, England and attended the Royal College of Art in London.
In 1991 Turk was denied his MA certificate from the Royal College of Art for his degree show presentation, which consisted of an empty white studio with a blue English Heritage plaque installed, which simply bore the inscription "Borough of Kensington/GAVIN TURK/Sculptor/Worked Here 1989-1991." Beginning his career paradoxically with his own demise and posthumous recognition set the tone for his subsequent work, which dealt with the cult of personality and the construction of artistic myth.
In the present work, Turk portrays the over-celebrated superstar as Warhol did, with affection and wonder, and, like Warhol, he is only interested in 'household names'.
As society becomes infatuated with the idea of fame for fame's sake, it is especially timely that Turk should now take on 'Andy', staring out of the master's final likeness, the camouflage-patterned 'fright-wig' paintings premiered at Anthony d'Offay's gallery in London 1986, just months before the artist's death.
Thoughout this unravelling, perceived meaning and quality, the way in which a work is viewed and valued, will change.
The influence of those who come into contact with it and the effect they have on the work will determine how it appears, how we react to it and, eventually, what it actually is.
Their actions may be transformed into subject-matter itself. It is 'great' because generations have found it so. Thus, time's ribbon will change both the perception and result of the fireball in the event chain - and it will change us. In Me as Him, he is maker, master, subject, sitter, giver, receiver and observer.