Ben Turnbull makes art.
Ben Turnbull is fascinated by the global dominance of American culture, and his works unsettling effects result from re-presenting the toys of our innocent youth in symbolic forms that reveal the shocking truths about war and violence in the world’s most powerful country. Above all his work takes a satirical look at the lengths that the country’s political elites go to in order to control and manipulate the way we think, from our first days of play to the last time we cast our vote. Turnbull is a passionate critic of the contemporary American political system, and explains why toys are central to his work: ‘Force fed on violence, abused by a controlling superpower and blackmailed through patriotism, the public are ultimately as disposable as the toys they once played with’. Turnbull masterfully crafts his realisations about a cultural relationship with violence through producing socio-political poignant work.
Ben Turnbull was born in 1974. He lives and works in London.
He does all sorts of fresh stuff, but the stuff I dig are his desk carvings. Not of the “I love Susie” or “Fuck you” variety, but stuff that is infinitely doper.