6 Aug 16

Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery

In the search for artistic identity the Exhibition GT displayed a series of Holy Egg paintings based on Lucio Fontana’s La Fine di Dio from the early 60’s. The exhibition included various Warholesque works including a live 16mm projected ‘Screen Test’ film.  Also on show were several painted bronze ‘found objects’, most notably American Bag, a filled American sized garbage sack. Parked outside the gallery were two bikes ‘de Bois Rond’ that the audience were able to ride in return for a signed certificate from the artist, declaring the rider a work of art.  
To compliment the exhibition Turk enlisted esteemed writer and critic Matthew Collings to re-enact with him the 1963 Fontana and Jef Verheyen performance in the house of Louis Bogaerts in Knokke, where it was originally performed.

"If objects gain symbolic powers, can the object be represented and put back in front of the audience in such a way that the process of acquiring value and meaning may be exposed? This is not to nullify meaning or symbolic power but to try to wrestle it free from the cliché of ‘established thought'." Gavin Turk