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Vadis Turner at Lyons Wier Gallery

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Vadis Turner

Forest Fire, 2011, Clothing, ribbon, horse prize ribbons, mixed media, 50 x 36 x 6 in / 127 x 91.4 x 15.2 cm


Very interesting work from the artist Vadis Turner. Turner is having an opening exhibit April 7th in New York City.


Exhibition will be held at Lyons Wier Gallery

New York,  April 7 - May 7, 2011


For more info about this show, check out


Lyons Wier Gallery

Ms. Turner’s work is an intersection where color theory, abstraction, assemblag and feminism meet head on. The artist’s innate color sensibilities and energy pay homage to the New York School of Abstract Expressionist and Action painters like Joan Mitchell and Willem De Kooning, by employing broad strokes of color. Through Ms. Turner’s exquisite and unique use of materials such as ribbon, clothing, antique quilts, lace and yarn, the artist continues to explore and exploit traditional “feminine” materials and creates a contemporary dialogue as found in the works of artists such as Petah Coyne and Shinique Smith.

Turner states, “During the creation of my marital Dowry and Reception (Permanent Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art), I became interested in the aesthetic bridges between diverse rites of passage. Elaborate ceremonies honor, idealize and purify the subject as they transition from one life chapter to the next. The subject simultaneously embodies a climax and demise. A new identity is conceived. An old identity dies. In this body of work, elements of ceremonial adornment are partnered with various processes of decay. Satin ribbons and flowers are fixed in a stilled state of destruction and removal inspired by fire or mold. Through consumption and repurposing, each process re-imagines the beauty and energy of change and loss.”

Ripe Dirt/Fresh Burial 2011, Ribbon, clothing, antique quilts, mixed media, 60 x 60 in / 152.4 x 152.4 cm