JFK Turner’s work is concerned with the unnoticed ephemeral elements of everyday life; objects, marks, stains and the natural effect of time. His paintings are based on the forms of found objects from the street. On a surface of wood, the image is built from discarded materials like photographs, books and clothes. Household paint, wax, and varnish are poured - congealing and cracking like spilled paint on pavement. The attacked surface gives the work a physical quality.
Turner comments, “The paintings are not abstract – they are based on something from the real world – 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 pieces are closer to objects than traditional paintings. Working on wood allows Turner to attack the surface by scratching, sanding and stabbing. This adds to the works' physical quality – like a collagraph printing plate or a religious icon. He takes objects and elements from the real world and combines them together to create another object. Thus, the ordinary becomes unusual and other.
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