Gavin Turk on Eggs

30 Sep 21

Currently on New Bond Street as a part of 'Art in Mayfair' Gavin Turk's monumental sculpture, 'Oeuvre (Duck)' is on display. In this video Gavin speaks about eggs and explores the 'character of the egg' in his work.

Following in the footsteps of artists throughout the ages including Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Piero Manzoni, Marcel Broodthaers and Constantin Brancusi, eggs appear in Gavin Turk’s work as sculptural metaphors for the surreal philosophical puzzle; which came first, the chicken or egg? Symbols of life, of creation, of originality, fragility and mortality, Turk’s eggs appear as surreal faces, as giant duck eggs, as broken shells depicting his signature and in liquid form as mayonnaise and egg tempura paint. Turk's Oeuvre (Duck), familiar and domestic, in a natural open-air environment, is made comic and surreal by its sheer size. ⁠ ⁠