Turk uses his signature as a recurrent motif through which to explore the way an artist's mark can embody aesthetic and commercial value. The complicated manner in which myths of celebrity are constructed was explored in Pop (wax-work figure in a wood, glass and brass vitrine 2.79×1.15×1.15 m, London, Saatchi Gal.; see 1997 exh. cat., p. 175), a life-size self-portrait in which he adopts the identity of Sid Vicious singing ‘My Way' in the pose of Elvis Presley as depicted by Andy Warhol. By mimicking the kind of waxwork format in which such a scene would be popularly presented, Turk merges the boundaries of two distinct personality cults – his own and that of the murdered revolutionary – suggesting the elements of myth-making common to both.
S. Bill and A. Wilson: Gavin Turk: Collected Works 1989–93 (London, 1994)
Sensation (exh. cat., London, RA, 1997)
J. Compston and A. Farquharson: Gavin Turk: Collected Works 1994–98 (London, 1998)
10 December 2000
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