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  • Daniel Turner, (Holdenweid) Burnish 2, 2022,  gesso, canvas, steel burnish, 9 × 12'.

    Daniel Turner, (Holdenweid) Burnish 2, 2022, gesso, canvas, steel burnish, 9 × 12'.

    Daniel Turner

    Kunsthalle Basel

    Daniel Turner’s work is animated by the faith that materials are meaningful—and that they carry provenance down to their atoms. Every immortal, indestructible, indivisible atom in Turner’s cosmology carries its whole history and contains its own psyche, and he calls upon these atoms to bear witness. In 2016, for instance, the New York–based artist took all of a cafeteria’s furniture, including steel folding chairs and collapsible tables, and ground them down to powder. He then dissolved them into an emulsion to be sprayed onto a gallery floor, reducing the institution to its material essence.

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