Spheres, Lens & Tabernacle

Artist: Susan Turner

Spheres and Lens speaks of energy and play by exploring circular and vertical motion, pattern, colour, and repetition. They are comprised of framed prints on paper, and Tabernacle is comprised of prints on perforated vinyl.

Spheres (14” x 14”) and Lens (5.5” x 5.5”) are square images. Turner created them by observing forms in nature such as leaves, drops of water, and insects as well as observing mechanical objects, typography and household items. She printed these two series on a large format inkjet printer with archival inks on heavy weight, Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. It is reminiscent of the traditional papers used for hundreds of years by artists for etching and lithography.

Tabernacle (30” x 48”) is five artworks printed on alternate printing substrates such as vinyl, silk and mylar. These materials can be affected by the movement of air, a quality that ties in with Turner’s conceptual interests in change, vulnerability, and impermanence. The images are based on ceremonial fabrics and iconic biblical symbols. The pieces counter familiar and intimate experiences that viewers may have had with the symbols depicted. Turner transforms the symbols into a visual metaphor that acts as pathways for reflection, for the interpretation of imaginings and sensations, for musing on invented realities and for wanderings into memory.

These twenty individual works occupy approximately 100 linear feet hung at eye level. The vinyl prints hang between white poster grippers. Two clear plastic hanging hooks slide into the track of the top poster gripper. The bottom grippers act as weights for the pieces. The framed works on paper hang from a wire or a hanging gripper on the back of the frame.

Turner’s works all involve experimental/poetic ideas that employ an idiosyncratic voice as well as the animation of materials and objects. Her artworks are explorations of time, memory, identity, and psychological states.

Exhibition Schedule

January 2019, ArtsForward, Neepawa

July 2019, Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council, Killarney

October & November 2019, Burrows Trails Arts Council, McCreary

To book this exhibition please contact the Manitoba Arts Network 204-943-0036.