Vladimir Turner: "Mock-up", 2024

SKU:   8747799-3217131

Size: 42cm x 59cm, 16.5inches x 23.4inches

Frame: Print only


Vladimir Turner’s artwork raises questions about the relationship between the political realities of climate issues, energy transition and the state of our earth. In an absurdist way, it shows us the point where we are today. Mock-up is a seven meters high kinetic sculpture. The inflatable construction is powered by small solar power plant. Oil jack is inflated and is swinging only when there is enough solar energy to fill it. The second position is the moment of collapse. The collapse we are experiencing thanks to fossil capitalism. Are we living in a political and media backdrop of a functional world? Do we even have a chance to switch to renewable energy and maintain climate justice for all? Would corporations move to renewables if they weren’t receiving huge financial subsidies from states to do so?

For many years, Vladimír Turner (*1986, Prague) has persistently pointed out problematic, and often strongly cautionary, moments of Anthropocene civilisation in various places around the world. The enchanted mechanism of consumption-production, the deceitfulness of marketing strategies, the extraction of non-renewable resources, the brutal devastation of the landscape, mass tourism, the misconception of the possibility of shackling the organism of a big city to a structure of order, gentrification, homelessness,  inhumane methods of political systems. In fact, the theme of the essence of pure humanity, personal and social responsibility towards the landscape, nature, and a sustainable way of life based on local self-sufficiency is recalled again and again. He points out the themes through matter-of-factly simple acts. This makes the awareness of the necessity of individual engagement all the more intense. Although his conceptual works have an activist character, often dealing with the subversion of paradox, the expressive power of the pure artistry cannot be ignored.