Systems and Portraits by Lance Turner

Date(s) - 01/08/2014–02/09/2014
All Day


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Rust Hall - Alumni Gallery

Event Description

Artwork by alumnus Lance Turner.

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.”

Reception Friday, Jan. 17,  6–8 p.m.

Rust Hall Alumni Gallery
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.