Killing Time (2007). By Jud Turner.
Hallowe'en - are we there yet? In my run-up to this autumn festival, I have to thank my friend J. for coming across the American artist I'm mentioning in my post today. The artist's name is Jud Turner. He's a Gen Xer from Oregon, and he is taking H. R. Giger's themes to a new, Post-Postmodern industrial level in his sculptures. By Post-Postmodern in this case, I mean the juxtaposition of different time periods in a single existential narrative. Turner's aim appears to be to create and somehow shockingly reconcile paradoxes. He installs the ancient or the fossilized within industrial sculptural constructions and goes one step beyond Postmodern messages about disjointed, navel-gazing subjectivity. This produces some visceral, jarring results, as with the fossilized junkyard fish trying to eat a dime in the sculpture, Greed Eater, below. I haven't seen a better comment, anywhere, on the inflationary psychology that led to the Great Recession of 2008 to the present. You can see more of Turner's sculptures on his homepage, here.
Greed Eater (2010). By Jud Turner.