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Patinated bronze (2011)
Courtesy the artist and Murderme. Photography Andy Keate.

A life-scale rusty nail made in bronze appears to have been hit into the ground at a comic and provocative angle, provoking a nostalgic recollection of tools traditionally used by the construction industry, now of less and less necessity in modern architecture. Its rustiness, meanwhile underscores the uselessness of this once useful object.

Gavin Turk

In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, 'Cave', consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence 'Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and has since been exhibited by many major galleries and museums throughout the world. Significant exhibitions include: Gavin Turk: Oeuvre, Tate Britain in 2002; the 46th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul in 1999; Material Culture, Hayward Gallery, London in 1998 and Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, Saatchi Collection, London in 1995.

Recent solo exhibitions have included:  Monaco Project for the Arts presents Gavin Turk - GT (The Project 2013), Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco; Museums at Night, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; The Years, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight, The Bowes Museum