Luke Turner‘s large-scale images present space and form in abstraction, moving always towards what Turner describes as “an alchemy of the image.” The consequence of this alchemy could be considered to be an intimate understanding of the function and operation of art (and the artist). Turner’s choice to embrace digital technology in the creation of his images represents a further deviation from the romanticized vision of the labouring artist or the traditional chemical photographer. But in the end, the technique becomes secondary to Turner’s underlying desire to comprehend art as a language in and of itself.
LUKE TURNER (b. 1982, Manchester, UK) is an artist and writer based in London. His work investigates the operations and oscillations of art, exploring notions of presence and excess within the visual realm. His practice evolved out of his work as an early net pioneer in the ’90s, when he created the influential website, thevoid. In 2011 he published a Metamodernist Manifesto, and he is currently co-editor of Notes on Metamodernism.
Luke Turner’s recent group exhibitions include Art Stays 11, Festival of Contemporary Art, Slovenia, 2013; An Undelivered Postcard From The Edge Of The World, Jotta, London, 2013; Discussing Metamodernism, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, 2012; and the solo exhibition Annunciations, 18 HHG, London, 2011. His work is part of The Franks-Suss Collection and private collections in USA, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and China. He is a 2010 Photography graduate from the Royal College of Art and with a BA in Fine Art from the Central Saint Martins, 2008. He currently lives and works in London.
Images © Luke Turner