MCA Announces Lance Turner Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

Dec. 17, 2013


“Paradise with Lawnmowers” by Lance Turner

MCA Announces Lance Turner Exhibition in Alumni Gallery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art announces Systems and Portraits, an exhibition of work by Lance Turner in the Alumni Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. The exhibition will be on view Jan. 8 through Feb. 9, with a reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 6–8 p.m.

Lance Turner was born in North Carolina in 1985. He graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA in Painting and Art History and from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Painting. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles; the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.; the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C.; the Farmington Museum of Art in Farmington, N.M.; and MOCA GA and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. His work is currently published in Artbuzz 2014 and Studio Visit magazine. A recent solo show entitled Lance Turner: Process and Documentation was included in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of 2008 as “one of the most wildly imaginative shows of the year.”

Turner says that his work has evolved out of his need to correct what seems to be a flaw in photorealism as it was originally validated as a process-based form of conceptualism. “It is the act of transcribing photographic information through paint onto a canvas, yet the large, obsessively detailed images emphasized the painting as an illusion and not a process,” says Turner. “I show the grid and emphasize the mark-making process within its increments to show that the painting is an object, after all the process and materials are real, and not a photographic illusion. I’ve incorporated space and striped as measurements into my paintings to further emphasize the painting as a real object.”

“The faces that I paint are only the product of my experience. Therefore, they more accurately depict what I believe to be the essence of painting, which is self-reference,” says Turner. “My paintings are about my thought process as I create fictional characters through the relationship of stylistic devices. Because the subjects of my paintings are about a single identity, they are like avatars made for the internet. They reveal a sense of isolation that comes with specialization and distortion of the real through ideas and simulations such as Facebook. As the objectives of my painting have become a quest to find what is real and true, the subject matter of my work has become an exaggerated unreality of constructed identity.”

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