Tag Archives: Ken Turner

On Behalf of the Planet

Patricia Wilson Smith On 12 September this year painter and performance artist Ken Turner took to the streets of St Ives in Cornwall to express his outrage and concern for the future of humanity and the planet. At a healthy advanced age, Ken’s crusading spirit is, if anything, stronger: his will to be heard more determined. In the past decade …

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Let the World Follow, Let Imagination Lead

Ken Turner I want to change the world, I fail all the time Alfredo Jarr It’s funny when you create an image on a canvas and it looks back at you. Funny in the sense of being something other, a thing of difference and strangeness to one’s own idea of life, how we see and think. It’s an imaginative leap …

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Looking Beyond the Contemporary Artist

Country lane hedges, cut and hewn by flailing machines, are ignorantly denuded of their rich habitat. A mis-managed rationalization carved through the remnants of nature. We disregard the natural abundance that is given without financial remuneration? What are we afraid of? Is it that we want a more convenient society that in smoothing (h)edges allows our limited thinking to be …

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Letters

Open Letter to James Green and the Newlyn Orion Trustees Thank you, Sian, for your answer, as once again we receive a refusal from Newlyn Art Gallery in Newlyn, Cornwall in the UK, to stock the New Art Examiner. I consider this unwise and inappropriate but adequate considering the status of the Newlyn Orion and Exchange. Let us consider some …

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Volume 33 no 6 July / August 2019

Ken Turner on New Ways Of Seeing, evaluating John Berger Daniel Nanavati on the 58th Venice Biennale Norbert Marszalek interviews Derek Guthrie Hybrid Sculpture, Disciplined Form by Jane Addams Allen Hockney in Washington – Annie Markovich and Derek Guthrie Cuban art today – Lily Lihting Li Kostrzewa Dodin in Venice – Victoria Howard Sokurov and Rembrandt in Venice – Lily …

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Ken Turner

Ken Turner in St Ives challenging people’s sensibilities is the tradition of Diogenes. Artist Statement I respond to what humanity is about: pathos, cruelty, stupidity, tenderness, its blindness to what is important to life, one could go on describing qualities either lacking or evident. The troubles of today and yesterday are mostly in my mind before the act of painting. …

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New Ways of Seeing

I have chosen to respond to James Bridle’s series on the BBC 4 channel concerning his observations on Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. It is presented as a series of broadcasts on his understanding of Berger’s insight on visual art. Later I will cast some doubts on Bridle’s thinking around the internet and its influence on thinking and doing. However, John …

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Letters Volume 33.no.1 September / October 2018

The Joy Of Painting John, After reading your brilliant article (the title was my starting point, as one who appreciates joy), I became curious to know more about Darby Bannard and discovered that a new exhibition of his work will be held at Berry Campbell in New York from November 15 – December 21, 2018. Without your article I wouldn’t …

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Speakeasy

The cod often casts an eye on our behaviour with our propensity to take paths that lead to misery, both politically and aesthetically. So, in this instance, I feel that it’s my duty to let the cod speak directly. “To put it bluntly, how is it that you haven’t sorted out the idea of your so-called postmodern period; that all …

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Art Extravaganza

THE ACORN Theatre in Penzance recently hosted arts magazine the New Art Examiner’s Art Extravaganza. A satirical piece of theatre and overt, hard hitting protest on the culture of art politics and its corrupt influence on the Cornwall art scene, particularly in Newlyn, Penzance and St Ives. The Acorn Theatre being once a Methodist Church but now slightly converted into …

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The Nail In the Coffin

“Codswallop” is a performance piece created by the Cornish veteran artist Ken Turner, inspired by the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. At the St Ives Festival in September 2017 he placed a large, fresh cod onto a trolley and pulled the vehicle through the streets of St Ives challenging people to discuss their lack of sensibility to art. He visited the …

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Answering the Wrong Questions

“What Is This Place?” At the Newlyn Art Gallery – 22 April – 15th July An exhibition of paintings by eight artists Whenever I walk into the Newlyn Gallery I am reminded of my first, and the gallery’s first, performance art piece, entitled Doubtless in 1994 put together by myself, Alaric Sumner, Rory McDermott, David Kemp, Rod Walker, Sandra Blow and …

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One Way To Think Like An Artist

“Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction.” Thinking about ‘thinking’ is one way of paying attention. We can look, think, envision, gaze, fancy, ponder, dream, reflect, stare into the distance, imagine and/or remember things as they swim into our minds. It is doubtful any one of these ‘methods’ could result in a new thought. To be successful …

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