Art on the Corner: ‘Prescient Beast’

“Prescient Beast” by Jeff Turner of Silver City, N.M.

SCULPTURE: “Prescient Beast” is on the southeast corner of the roundabout at Main and Seventh streets.

ARTIST: Jeff Turner of Silver City, N.M.

DESCRIPTION: This sculpture’s five different shapes of hollow, black painted steel are stacked against and on top of each other at varying angles. The sections are not full geometric shapes but rather subtle, sheared off and off-kilter pieces, with squared, defined edges. The sculpture stands 8 feet, 4 inches tall and leans heavily to one side, giving the impression of a child’s tumbling stack of mismatched blocks.

INSPIRATION: “Most artists don’t go in a studio with the intent of expressing a certain thing. I do a lot of drawings. When one speaks to me — has feeling and form — then I’ll make a piece. The ‘Prescient Beast’ has the whole big piece on top that’s almost threatening. That’s where the title came from.

“Sometimes, I make little models out of cardboard, but it’s mostly from drawings. There might be 50 to 100 drawings — some on napkins in restaurants — before I get something that speaks to me. It’s a nonverbal speaking ... it’s more visual.”

PAST ENTRIES: Turner has exhibited in Art on the Corner for three consecutive years. “Struggle and Embrace” and “The Source of Many Things” were on display in 2007 and “Leapfrog” in 2008.

— By Tammy Gemaehlich


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