A quick parish notice today, for taking the piss is important. actually no, there maybe a playful edge to what Gavin Turk has been doing recently, but taking the piss isn’t quite the right way to put it, this is a challenging piece of art.
“JOIN GAVIN TURK TO CELEBRATE & PURCHASE HIS NEW EDITION ARTIST’S PISS, 2021″ – This December following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Gavin Turk has created an exhibition to explore his new work, Artist’s Piss.
“Artist’s Piss, 2021 – In a playful homage to Piero Manzoni, who 60 years ago created one of the most radical and challenging modern artworks, Merda d’Artista. Manzoni put his own sh*t into tins and sold it for its equivalent weight in gold. Gavin Turk’s latest project is a response to this, canning his own urine and selling it for its weight in sliver. Sealed in a specially screen printed aluminium can, with the text translations in 31 different languages, finished and hand signed with a foil seal. A limited edition body of work from the Artist’s own body. The new edition of cans will be £250 each, so arrive early to avoid disappointment, perfect collectable or gift for the special someone who has almost everything”.
There is also this on December 10th, a webinar discussion
Artist’s Piss – A Discussion, Collecting the Uncollectible & The State of Art Now Description Kate Bryan and Viktor Wynd in conversation with Gavin Turk about his newest artwork provocation – Artist’s Piss. The talk will look at the notion of value, waste, consumption, commodities & anthropology. More details
Gavin Turk Bio
Gavin Turk (b 1967) is a British born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of waste in art. Turk’s Oeuvre deals with conversations of authorship and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the authenticity of a work.
Prestel published a monograph on Gavin Turk in 2013, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ‘This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk’ which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors.
Gavin Turk has been commissioned to create several large public sculptures including: Nail, a 12-meter eponymous sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s cathedral, London, England. Axis Mundi (2017), an oversized painted bronze sculpture of a plug located in Paddington Basin, London. As well as L’Âge d’Or (2019), a large bronze open door permanently sited outside the Museum of Migration in Rotterdam.
Previously on these pages – ORGAN THING: Is Gavin Turk really taking the piss?