Stephen Turner: Everything Comes From The Egg

12 January 2017 - 29 January 2017

Tue - Fri 12:00pm – 6:00pm; Sat and Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm.

The Chainstore, Trinity Buoy Wharf


Stephen Turner, the artist who created the ‘Exbury Egg’, a wooden egg-shaped vessel in which he has lived and worked for nearly three years, continues his odyssey across southern England with Stephen Turner: Everything Comes From The Egg, a new exhibition and residency programme.

Launching in January at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the show will tour throughout 2017 to galleries and waterside locations in Milton Keynes, Portsmouth and Hastings.

At Trinity Buoy Wharf, Stephen Turner: Everything Comes From The Egg is located in a former chainstore warehouse by the Thames. It will be the first time the Egg has resided in an enclosed environment where it features as the central sculptural form in a wide-ranging exhibition comprising drawings, prints, photographs, found objects, works on paper, sculptures and video made by Turner during the last few years. He will also be continuing his explorations of places and communities in Bow Creek and along the River Lea, during the exhibition.

Stephen Turner: Everything Comes From The Egg melds Turner’s ongoing environmental, historical and cultural investigations into the natural world with a sustainable artistic practice and temporary ‘hermit’ lifestyle. During solo residencies in the Egg on the River Exbury in the New Forest in 2012-2014 and by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for Super Slow Way in Burnley in 2015, Turner catalogued his forays in each location in collections of digital imagery, objects, drawings and personal maps. Borrowing scientific methodologies, the artist transmuted them to his creative process; from collecting red river water in order to observe sedimentation, to presenting multiple series of glass jars filled with fauna and flora preserved in alcohol to upcycling clothing by patterning the fabric with natural dyes. His observational drawings on discarded packaging use inks sourced from oak leaves; and small egg-shaped sculptures are made from dove feathers, mosses, shells, crab claws and other natural materials. Turner’s video works present visual meditations on living and working in and around the Egg.

Everything Comes from the Egg is supported by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Gunwharf Quays, Canal & River Trust, Super Slow Way, Jerwood Gallery, Milton Keynes Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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