#0284ARTatBerlin | König Galerie presents a solo exhibition by New York based artist Daniel Turner until December 6, 2015.
The twin sculptures that comprise Britannica (2012) stand with an unsettling stillness. Their surface — an aggressive, almost desensitized, neutral yellow is embedded with stainless steel faucets, their contours bearing no trace of hand. Taking the appearance of a sink, these austere objects resonate beyond the domestic experience suggesting institutional or agricultural connotations. By a careful calibration of scale, the units form a singular representation of mass standardization. The interior of each basin exposes a residue of unfiltered brackish water, revealing an Anthropocene geology.
Alongside Britannica, Turner will present R-2271 (2015), an object which resembles a binder, that has been stripped bare, something that survived the transition from its very own periodic handling. Painterly in nature, the work suggest the embrace of all that we would put into systems; notation, names and facts, catalogues, even entire libraries. Yet every piece useful to a
user has fallen away from itself. The rings, which provide function, have been removed, leaving a worn and seemingly vacant foundation.
Despite possessing visually recognizable features — the works could be said to look beyond themselves and suggest the very conditions that constructed them. Neither of the two emerges instantaneously from the void; nonetheless, an air of absence surrounds them in their very physicality. What fluctuates between the two is a non-objective aura similar to the weighted tension one feels in a waiting room. The objects are connected by a circumstance that both transcends and describes their very appearance. Out of this uncanniness a distance is engendered. This “distance,” or the sensation of something always receding from us, is perhaps the very dynamic aporia in which slippage can occur, in which our sensing faculties reroute themselves.
Daniel Turner was born in 1983 in Portsmouth, Virginia and currently lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Daniel Turner’ at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX (2014), ‘PM’ at Team Gallery, New York (2014) and ‘2 220’ at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2014). Group exhibitions include: ‘Freezer Burn’ at Hauser & Wirth, New York (2014), ‘Art Unlimited’
at Art Basel (2014), ‘Eclat Attraction de la Ruine’, Université, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (2014), ‘L’expostion d’un Film’, Centre d’Art Contemporain / Fondation Arditis, Geneva (2014), ‘My Crippled Friend’, Columbus College of Art and Design, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, OH (2013); ‘Modern Talking’, Muzeul National de Arta din Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania (2012); ‘nanomacromega’, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2012); ‘Four Rooms’, The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2012); ‘Expanded Painting’, Prague Biennale 5 (2012) and ‘The Perfect Man II’, White Columns, New York (2011). Turner served as visiting scholar at New York University from 2009-2010 and was awarded The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award in 2005, 2006 and 2008. His work is subject to several
The exhibition coincides with the release of Turner’s new book, Marjorie, published by Études Studio. Limited edition signed copies of the publication will be available at the preview.
Vernissage: Friday, October 30, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, December 6, 2015Zur König Galerie
Image caption: Daniel Turner, Britannica, 2012, formica, maple, stainless steel, MDF, mixed media, 2 parts, 86.4 x 365.8 x 91.5 cm | 34 x 144 x 36 in, unique
Daniel Turner, König Galerie, Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin