New Work by David Turner
David Turner is a Belfast based artist who creates autobiographical work through toy mediums that reflect conflict, terrorism and evoke critical commentary on present day violence and war. Growing up in turbulent Belfast during the 70's and 80's, Turner was surrounded by violence and conflict. These events have had a direct influence on his life and artwork, causing him to revisit his adolescence and recreate these memories with childhood mediums such as LEGO, Hama Beads and plasticine. Turner's artwork presents a platform that is both a direct reflection of his childhood and the conflict he experienced as well as giving a voice to current atrocities, be they children of war, child soldiers or children who have lost their lives or a loved one to gun violence. His work materialises in many forms. from two-dimensional depictions to fully functioning firearms which break down contentions of representation and offer new and exploratory directions for investigating themes of conflict, war, self and popular culture.
BYZANTIUM EMPRESS (2015) David Turner, Hama beads. 46 x 37.5 cms. David Turner will be taking part in the 6th annual 'Irish Wave' festival. Seven of Northern Ireland's leading visual artists, will exhibit large-scale artworks in three cross-cultural exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai. Working alongside leading Chinese artists the group will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats and the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War Two. The exhibitions receive thousands of visitors each year and unite contemporary artists from China with leading practitioners from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The three major exhibitions run through March. Golden Fleece, Inter Art Centre, Beijing. A Meditation in Time of War, Doug Yue Art Museum, Beijing. Small World, Sanwei Art Centre, Shanghai.
Crayola Bullets will feature in This Year's Model, 9 January - 1 February 2015 as part of Studio 1.1's Annual Members' Show. Work has been Selected by Studio 1.1 with Marcus Cope and Robin Seir. 57a Redchurch St London E2 7DJ.
See Link http://www.studio1-1.co.uk
Cryaola Bullets at Craft and Conflict, Bliston Craft Gallery. Craft and Conflict brings together both contemporary and historical items that commemorate and explore the themes of war and remembrance. Included in the exhibition are examples of how local companies and their workforces assisted with the war effort during the First World War, by fabricating items such as grenades, helmets and even service vehicles. Also on display are examples of work by contemporary artists and craft makers who explore themes of conflict and peace, addressing the human aspect of war and the importance of remembering past conflicts.
'LEGO Firearms' has been included in the up and coming show at Vanishing Art 2014. The Exhibition opens at Carton House, Co Kildare on October 1st and runs until 20th December. Vanishing Art is built upon the concept of freeing artwork from confines of the traditional exhibition context. The artworks will be displayed throughout the grounds of the estate, with a number of pieces being displayed within the historic mansion house itself.
See link: http://vanishingart.ie/
New work 'Crayola Bullets' at the Catalyst Arts Members Festival 'Little Kingdoms, BUDA' which opened on Thursday 11th of September.
A new work 'untitled' will be included in The Selfie Show: An Art Exhibition of Self-Portraits. The exhibition will open at The Museum of New Art, Armada Michigan on September 21st, 2014.
New work 'Crayola Bullets' will be featured at the Samia Gallery in London, opening on the 1st of August 2014. The Show is a fund raiser for 'Free Palestine' and will run until August 2014.
Prominent Art Blog, Jung Katz has featured a full length interview by David Turner and photos of his most recent work and studio projects.
'LEGO Firearms' has been included in The Boston Biennial 3, at The Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston. The Boston Biennial Selection Committee has again showcased a variety of the best work being produced in New England and the world, as well shining the spotlight on the collective that has clearly raised the bar for artistic production and theory in the area covered by Original Thirteen Colonies namely THE BIENNIAL PROJECT. A large screen projection will illuminate the work chosen for The Boston Biennial 3 by Esteemed Juror (TBA) of the ICA. Additionally, the ever-expanding and dynamic membership of The Biennial Project will develop several new site specific installations and conceptual works.
A new work called 'Owly Foots' has been included in 'Little Dudes Mission 2' which was shown in Berlin June 15th 2014. A beautiful book has been launched, showcasing all 100 dudes designed and created by artists and designers from all over the world.
See Link: www.littledudes.de
A work entitled 'I Nearly Died Laughing' has been accepted into the Biennial Roadshow Marfa Texas where it won a judges choice award. The show kicks off on Friday 4th of April at El Cosmico where work will be seen by the contemporary movers and shakers who come to Marfa for the show and by The Biennial Project's massive entourage who will be in Marfa the entire week.
See Link: http://biennialroadshow.com/?page_id=11
'Camouflage Jigsaws' has recently been included in 'Politically Incorrect' at The Artform Gallery, Lower Burrell, Pittsburgh, to help raise money for projects for Amnesty International and the Brother's Brother Foundation. The show open Sat the 1st March.
See Link: https://www.facebook.com/artformgallery
On February 13th a series of new experimental photocopies opened in a group show 'Space is Ace', a collaboration with The Photocopy Club at the Doomed Gallery, Dalston, London.
See Link: http://doomedgallery.wordpress.com
Experimental work, 'Dogs on the Street' (Photo 'RCP') displayed at 'Discard Cardboard' A week-long celebration of all things made from cardboard, at ForestCentrePlus, a new artist run studio and gallery space located in the centre of Edinburgh, January 2014.
'A Small Series of Explosions' has been included as part of the Intelligence Gathering group show at PS2 Belfast. The 'Intelligence Gathering ' project cross-pollinates aesthetics with history, politics, geography, architecture, technology, science, linguistics and the world of espionage. The show was organised by IMPACTICA. Established in 2012 by Founder Brendan Jamison, it delivers international curated exhibitions to public art galleries and museums in Europe and America.
'LEGO Fire Arms' will be opening in a Show on Friday, 2nd January 2014. It will be showing at Studio 1.1 London as part of - 'THIS YEAR'S MODEL' 3 - 26 January 2014, private view Thursday 2 January 6 - 9 pm. Studio1.1, 57a Redchurch St London E2 7DJ.
See link: http://www.studio1-1.co.uk
A number of my Atomic Bomb works will be traveling to The Hardman Hall Gallery, Georgia, The Warphaus Gallery and The 4Most Gallery, Florida as part of a group show called 'Glue', organised by IMPACTICA. Established in 2012 by Founder Brendan Jamison, it delivers international curated exhibitions to public art galleries and museums in Europe and America.
See link: http://www.brendanjamison.com/glue.html
'Atomic Bomb #31' from 'A Series of Small Explosions' exhibited at, Snap to Grid Exhibition, 12th December 2013 - 12th January 2014, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
'Dogs on the Street' exhibited at 'The Gift as a Problem, Exhibition, 29th November 2013 ? 24th January 2014, Group Global 3000, Leuschnerdamm 19, 10999 Berlin, Germany.
See Link: http://groupglobal3000.de/?page_id=1306
A recent work 'Little Blue LEGO Dude' which was made for 'Little Dudes' Berlin has made the front cover of the book that accompanies the show. - Little Dudes Exhibition, 1st November, 2013 - 3rd November 2013, Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany.
Little Blue LEGO Dude' - Little Dudes Exhibition, 1st November, 2013 - 3rd November 2013, Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany.
See Link: http://littledudes.de
New Work 'Plasticise Sculptures', part of the Materials, Messages & Meaning group show at R-Space Gallery Lisburn, NI 30th November -21st December.
'Dogs on the Street' Sculpture as part of the Christmas Salon at QSS Gallery Bedford Street, NI.