Daniel Turner (b. 1983) is a New York-based sculptor with a decidedly minimalist practice. This particular show is novel, however, in that features drawings which act as schemata for unrealized exhibitions.
While Turner's drawings sketch out works that have never been realized, the sculptural piece on exhibit continues the trajectory of the artist's recent work: the distillation of environments. Here, a physician's waiting room has been meticulously removed and recast into a single, autotelic mass. The experience of waiting has not been transposed or translated; rather, the weight of time itself — the psychological pressure of imposed inactivity — has been condensed into a coldly expressionistic block. More than alchemy, the transformation that has taken place suggests design and architectural possibilities where form and function are hyper-variable with relation to each other.
Accompanying the exhibition, three events have been scheduled which expand on themes embedded in Turner’s work. Poet and art critic Jeremy Sigler will give a talk on the poetry of Carl Andre; there will be a reading featuring Cat Tyc and Lucy Ives, whose works speak to the aesthetics of architecture and design; finally, poet and psychoanalyst Jasmine Gibson will discuss the historical bias of diagnostic categories with reference to Black Americans.
Talks and events will take place on the following dates:
Jeremy Sigler — “Carl Andre as Love Poet” January 28, 6-8pm.
Cat Tyc and Lucy Ives — “The Aesthetics of Architecture" February 8th, 6-8pm.
Jasmine Gibson — “Diagnosis and Race as Phenomenon” February 11, 6-8pm.
January 20-February 24 Daniel Turner: Drawings & Sculpture.