Gavin Turk’s Blue Rich Tea Biscuit – Released today, April 1st, no joke, signed and bitten by the artist, only 30 available. “Having previously made work with tea stains on watercolour paper, Turk produced a limited edition of signed and bitten Rich Tea biscuits for the second Art Car Boot Fair in 2006. He views tea (and tea biscuits) as a cliché of the cultural history of Britain, as much a part of the landscape as Constable, Henry Moore and William Morris a kind of ‘Rusk’inian romanticism. The biscuits have a bite out of them. “The bite disrupted the circularity of the biscuit, it was almost like the loss of innocence, the bite of the Apple”
Gavin himself was unable to attend the event in 2006 so a representative from the studio was sent in his absence posing as the artist. The studio assistant wearing a mask cast from Gavin’s face and production line overalls held a sign saying ‘Eat the Rich’. During the event the mask was subsequently stolen prompting Turk to make screen prints asking for the return of the mask, which inadvertently became artworks of themselves.
In 2018 Turk continued a new iteration of the rich tea biscuit for the Art Car Boot Fair Christmas 2018, this time referencing not only his infamous blue plaque but also Man Rays’ surrealist piece Blue Baguette. The common biscuit was now cast in plastic and painted blue”.
The 30 biscuits are on same now, £500 each, via the Art Car Boot Fair Shop
The Art Car Boot Fair returns for real in May – ORGAN PREVIEW: Back in real life, The All New Electric Art Car Boot Fair, electric and live on Saturday May 14th at kings Cross, London as well as on line for that weekend…