23 February to 25 February
Opening night Thursday 23 February, 6pm
With A Series of Small Explosions, Belfast-based artist David Turner presents powerful images of bomb explosions created using LEGO bricks and Hama Beads and intended as a critical commentary on war.
David Turner has used these popular children’s building mediums to produce colourful panels and objects representing bomb blasts. Their playful toy-like aspect is only apparent, as these art works offer a denounce of the atrocities experienced by children in war zones around the world, be they victims or perpetrators as child soldiers, of death and violence.
These explosions also provide a critical reflection on how children are being exposed through war toys and games to the glorification of war and the denial of its devastating effects on human beings.
Turner created the exhibited pieces conveying a critical commentary of war drawing upon considerations on present and historical conflicts, but also recalling memories of the conflict he experienced as a child when growing up in turbulent Belfast during the ‘70s.
The artist has produced a wide and diverse body of work exploring and highlighting the atrocities and glorification of war through a variety of forms and mediums, making both two-dimensional representations and objects with a seemingly playful toy-look for their use of LEGO bricks, Hama Beads, crayons, or because replicating popular war toys.
With A Series of Small Explosions focusing on the catastrophic effects of bombs, Turner returns to a theme that informed past and new art pieces now displayed together for the first time in this show.