Saturday, March 1, 2008

David Turner, Freeform Collage

David Turner was born in New York City in 1939, six months after Kristalnacht, six months before the first SS order targeting Jews in Poland for murder. Awareness of Jewish vulnerability in the Diaspora has occupied him as child and adult. This awareness finds expression in his art; not by image content since his production is entirely non-representational, but in his choice of medium.

The Holocaust defined Jews as societal refuse, their only value their gold fillings, their shoes, their hair: Death recycled. David collects the refuse of our consumer society, transforms our garbage into art: Life recycled.

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