ACP 2013 Public Art Commission, Gregor Turk, Atlanta artist, Atlanta BeltLine: Kudos to Gregor Turk, Atlanta artist extraordinaire and high school friend.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACPinfo.org) is pleased to announce that the recipient of its annual temporary Public Art Commission is Gregor Turk of Atlanta, GA with his project “Apparitions.” [Download PDF]
Pedestrians traversing the Atlanta BeltLine’s hiking trail alongside Piedmont Park will happen upon a temporary installation of inward-facing billboards. The billboards, by virtue of the fact that they reference advertising, will be pressing against the values and priorities of the Atlanta BeltLine itself, a billboard-free destination. Billboards also reference “place” in many senses of the word – they are timestamps and landmarks – an ongoing theme in Turk’s work.
Over the course of the ACP Festival and Art on the Atlanta BeltLine (September through November), the billboards will undergo three “exhibitions” that talk about place in different ways – the first of which will feature photographs of blank billboards across the United States taken by Turk over the course of the last 20 years, a self-referential apparition. The billboards will “vanish” revealing the Atlanta that had been obscured, and we will then be left with pairs of gazing eyes…the eyes of General Sherman. His apparition is a reminder of the history of Atlanta as integral to our sense of place.