British artist Gavin Turk’s fascination with waste is a reoccurring theme throughout his body of work, exploring its aesthetic, function and value. Opening in October at Reflex Amsterdam, his new solo show features watercolours, painted bronze sculptures, and large silkscreen prints, which investigate the environmental consequences of human existence and consumer society. 

“Climate is increasingly becoming a vital subject for artists as they hold their mirrors up to society,” says Turk who was arrested in 2018 for obstructing a public highway as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in London which saw thousands of people occupy five central London bridges. “Being arrested was like laying down a marker, and enabled unity with movements such as Extinction Rebellion - to wake up politicians to the undeniable evidence that humans are responsible for a dramatic change in the world’s ecosystem - and together to do something about it.”

Selected artworks

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Solo Exhibition

Press Features

  • 10 October 2019 on howtospendit.ft.com

    Gavin Turk: “We are what we throw away” | Financial Times

  • 15 October 2019 on theguardian.com

    Gavin Turk: art's king of trash on plastic, protest, prison and canning his pee | The Guardian

  • 23 October 2019 on nrc.nl

    Gavin Turk: ‘Ik wil dat je langer stilstaat bij troep’ | NRC

  • 22 October 2019 on parool.nl

    Kunstenaar Gavin Turk: ‘Ik ben geobsedeerd door afval’ | Het Parool

  • 16 October 2019 on theartnewspaper.com

    Plastic bottle peril: Gavin Turk's environmental crusade marches on in new show inspired by Extinction Rebellion | The Art Newspaper

  • 16 October 2019 on widewalls.ch

    Art Inspired by Climate Change - An Interview with Gavin Turk | Widewalls