Art Auction 2018 | Elizabeth Turk


Elizabeth Turk

Shoreline Project; Three Experiences
Limited edition Iris print with handwritten notations, 2017
24 x 28 1/2 inches (framed)
Courtesy of the artist and SCAPE Gallery
Value: $2,100
Starting bid: $1,050

Elizabeth Turk is a native Californian who maintains her studio in Santa Ana. She enjoys a growing national reputation and in 2010 was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (the so-called “genius grant”). She is best known for her abstract marble sculptures, each a technical tour de force, in which she explores the endless possibilities and permutations of organic forms. She is drawn to the intricacy and elegance of natural patterns—from coral structures to DNA helices—and these play an integral role in her work.

As the commissioned artist for Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival this year, Elizabeth Turk has been working on The Shoreline Project, the climax of which will be a performance piece taking place after dark on Main Beach on Saturday, November 3. The piece will involve as many as 500 participants with umbrellas bearing illuminated, mandala-like X-ray images of seashells. Typically, Turk’s process toward such a major project involves the creation of much related and preparatory material.

The five prints with handwritten annotations that Turk has made as part of her preparatory work for the Shoreline Project are here offered as separate lots.

Selected collections
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Selected exhibitions 
Think Lab Live, SCAPE Gallery, Corona Del Mar, 2017
Elizabeth Turk: Tensions, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, 2015
Sentient Forms, Laguna Art Museum, 2014-15

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