Gavin Turk - 55th Venice Biennale
22 May 2013
The Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Founded over 100 years ago, the festival specialises in promoting the avant-garde across multiple disciplines including art, music, theatre, architecture and dance. At the 55th Venice Biennale, the Gervasuti Foundation will present a dramatic site-specific project by Gavin Turk entitled ‘Vanacular’.
Turk is famous for re-using established art historical imagery within his own work to make contemporary social observations. In Vanacular, Turk references Warhol’s famous ‘death and disaster’ series by filling a 27 metre long canvas with images of crashed Ford transit vans. The dramatic colour combinations in this silk-screened piece create the effect of an animated disaster film which seems in motion and full of energy. This ‘visual manifestation of urban unrest’ alludes to the social tensions around the 2011 London riots.
Our Artist Surfaces technicians were delighted to produce the enormous stretcher support for this dramatic canvas. Hand-made from kiln-dried tulip wood, our stretchers do not contain any nails, screws or harmful adhesives which can all cause damage to an artwork over time. Instead, these low emission stretchers are designed to be slotted together by hand and can easily be adjusted with wedges to tighten the canvas. As all of our stretchers are hand-made, no size is too large! If you have a bold project in mind for an oversized canvas, contact our team for advice.