Gavin turk «Bag sticker», 2000
Gavin Turk, a member of the « Young British Artists » (a group that includes among others Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and the Chapman brothers), explores notions of authenticity and identity that relate to the modernist and avant garde questioning of a “myth” of the artist and the “paternity” of a work of art.
This edition re-uses the recurrent motif in his work of the trash bag, for which he was awarded the Jack Goldhill Sculpture Prize in 2001 by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In this case however, the trash bag is not rendered as a sculpture ('Bag'), but as a photograph and printed as a sticker. Justifying his interest for this object the artist explains that : “a piece of rubbish on the street contains within it cultural stories – stories of use, of its production, of its being thrown away – the stories that this bin bag can tell are stories about who we are and how we live.”
“I don’t like things to be thrown away. Not that I’m nostalgic, particularly, but I do think it’s quite nice to change the temporal nature of things to try to understand what the things are. To have any experience of time – to understand that we wake up tomorrow or we woke up this morning – is to be a time traveller.
83 x 59 cm
Edition of 100 copies signed, dated and numbered by the artist on the lower right angle and initialled, dated and numbered by the artist.
CHF 600. Price of the unsigned and unnumbered version: CHF 70