Theo Turpin’s work explores how history, language, narrative and romance combine to make ideal and idealised space. His sparse compositions of juxtaposed material explore fundamental social narratives, which he proposes are being constantly constructed and edited around us in real time, particularly through ‘globally visible culture’, such as architecture, film and popular culture. His work includes collage, installation and audio work.
Pin-boards, cushions and an iPad playing a commissioned five-song mix conforming to the narrative conventions of a ‘Quest’ story.
Audio work comprising various fan fiction alternate endings to Romeo and Juliet, read by the artist. On the wall is a PVC banner of a cyan to white gradient made to the dimensions of a 16:9 ratio screen.
Images of the dancer Remy Heretier re-translating key ornaments from Palladian (neo-Venician) architecture, arranged to depict a grand facade.
A video projection of a 3D animated obelisk gently rotating. An edit of all the monologues from the film ‘How The West Was Won’, re-performed by an actor using the techniques of verbatim theatre, play through the headphones.
The pin-boards produce the image of a sea view from a modernist villa, the audio playing from headphones tells a story of two characters based at opposite sides of the building while the speakers play a soundtrack which narrativises the work.
La Romantisme C’est La Revolution, with Louis Henderson, Maison Baron, Geneva
Re-Inserting The Human in the Human Myth, Palais De Tokyo, Paris
Equilibrium, Jotta at Central St Martins, London
Goldsmiths MFA Show, Goldsmiths, London
The Fiction of the Fix, Tenderpixel, London
Acoustic Mirrors, Diaspore, London
Sham Romance, Chalton Gallery, London
"I Never Lied To You", Camberwell Space Projects, Camberwell College of Arts, London
La Methode Jacobson, curated by Marc Bembekoff, Palais De Tokyo, Paris
Past Future, curated by Cecile Borne Farrell, Bienale D’Anglet, France
"Time Based Exhibition", Le Phenix Scene National, Valenciennes, France
Into The Abyss, Mass at Protein Gallery, London
Straight To The Unknown, curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, the Forgotten Bar, Berlin
Agency At The Agency, The Agency Gallery, London
The Pleasure is All Mine, Performance, Auto Italia South East, London
Bold Tendencies III, Hannah Barry Gallery, London
Lightbox, Lucky PDF, London