seraphin gallery, philadelphia art gallery, fine art, contemporary art gallery, elissa tuerk exhibition
Public Opening: March 11, 2016 6-8 p.m.
Seraphin Gallery presents Interlude, a selection of works by Elissa Tuerk.
Tuerk’s work challenges the conventions of sculpture and the boundaries of form. In Rock and Vitrine in Conflict (featured above), through suspension, the artist constructs a hanging boulder, contained within a steel cage. The tension created positions the stone in conflict with its confines. It's display case is disjointed, but still encapsulating it within a finite space. The subject struggles to escape this authority creating a dichotomy through dialogue, encouraging the viewer to engage in this conversation.
Tuerk experiments and ventures from concept to reality, allowing her pieces to freely mold throughout the artistic process. Reveling in the tangible, she seeks to answer questions in physical form. Tuerk is inspired by the work of other contemporary installation and multi-disciplinary artists such as Mark Dion, Vija, Celmins, and Gabriel Orozco.
My work develops from an intense curiosity about the world, an inquisitiveness that encourages me to constantly explore and experiment… I challenge traditional tools and materials, testing their limits and seeking new uses. Through repetition, illusion and fabrication, I explore the mutability and indefinable nature of the art object..., inviting the viewer to question what they consider to be official, normal, and accepted.
Elissa Tuerk is a multi-disciplinary artist and recent graduate of Moore College of Art and Design. The artist has exhibited both her sculpture and photography throughout the Philadelphia area. During Moore’s Senior Thesis Exhibit, her thesis, Rock and Vitrine in Conflict was awarded the QVC Award for Professional Presentation and Accomplishment in Photography and Digital Art. Tuerk was featured in Seraphin Gallery’s second annual Emerging Talent show in the summer of 2015.