Exhibitions2019Letting Go

Letting Go

19 Oct 19

Reflex Amsterdam

Gavin Turk’s fascination with waste is a recurring theme throughout his body of work, exploring its aesthetic, function and value. His solo show at Reflex Amsterdam in October 2019 featured watercolours, painted bronze sculptures, found objects and large silkscreen prints, which investigate the environmental consequences of human existence and consumer society. 

“Climate is increasingly becoming a vital subject for artists as they hold their mirrors up to society,” says Turk, who was arrested in 2018 for obstructing a public highway as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in London which saw thousands of people occupy five central London bridges.

“Being arrested was like laying down a marker, and enabled unity with movements such as Extinction Rebellion - to wake up politicians to the undeniable evidence that humans are responsible for a dramatic change in the world’s ecosystem - and together to do something about it.”