"Hive" (middle class colony collapse)

Jud Turner writes, "'Hive (middle class colony collapse)' is the latest in my series of sculptures depicting hallucinatory factory scenes, and ponders the loss of bees and an ever-shrinking middle class, both likely results of modern industrial methods and monopoly capitalism." Read the rest

Blind Eye Sees All: surveillance sculptures that benefit EFF

Jud Turner's latest sculpture is the haunting "Blind Eye Sees All (No Secrets Anymore)" (above); he's produced 50 miniatures (right) based on it whose sale benefits the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He writes, "I am saddened at what my country has become in the last 30 years. I read '1984' in 1984 as a 14 year old, and have worried about the rise of the surveillance state ever since. I don't know what to do other than to make art that communicates, and support entities like EFF."

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Hellishly complex, gorgeous assemblage about endless work

"Quaestus" is the latest assemblage from sculptor Jud Turner. He sez,

“Quaestus” is a latin word meaning “gain or profit extracted from work”, a concept darkly represented in my latest sculpture: 5 tiny employees are trapped in an endless task inside a gigantic machine, toiling to keep up with the conveyor belts they are walking on. Each work station has a 2 digit counter which seems to be keeping some kind of score. If the employees don't keep up with the machine, they will fall off the ends of their conveyor belts and be fed to the machine.. The employees actually power this machine, but are unaware and unable to stop moving forward for fear of falling behind.

It's an amazing piece. Click through for hi-rez and details.

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Greedy anglerfish sculpture for a banker

"Avaritia" is a new mixed-media assemblage from Jud Turner: "The name is taken from the Latin term for 'greed' and the bait this mechanized angler fish is using is a coin from 1799. Heightening my enjoyment of the subject (greed) it's a commission for a German financier!"

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Thor's goat made out of scrap metal

Sculptor Jud Turner writes, "I thought you might enjoy this full-sized goat, 'Tanngrisnir', named after one of the two goats in Norse mythology that pulled Thor's chariot. He ate them for dinner every night, saved the bones, and by morning they had come back to life. Hopeful analogy for recycling, it's made from 100% recycled scrap crap. It's one of the new pieces for my upcoming solo show DoubleThink, which opens March 30th at the WAVE Gallery in Eugene, OR.""

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Life-sized mammoth skeleton made out of scrap farm-equipment

Jud Turner sez, "My latest piece is a life-sized Columbia Mammoth skeleton made from 95% recycled material, mostly old farm equipment. It was created as a commission for Pacific Studio, and will be permanently displayed at the new Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, which is in Washington state. In 1950, a farmer found parts of a Columbia mammoth while digging an irrigation ditch, so this sculpture ties those two elements together. Part of the challenge in building it in my studio in Eugene, OR was that I had to make it in a way that it could be taken apart, and re-assembled without any additional welding. Just taking it down was one of the scariest operations I've ever undertaken in the studio (over a ton of sharp, rusty steel 15 feet in the air had to be lowered with manual genie-lifts.)"

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Jud Turner's Lotus Eaters sculpture: media will consume itself

Sculptor Jud Turner writes, "My latest sculpture, 'Lotus Eaters', was inspired by characters from Homer's Odyssey. The Lotophagi (lotus eaters) feed on a soporific plant which causes them to forget their homelands and live apathetic, uncaring lives. Their diet causes them to be sleepy and languid, as well as disinterested in the world around them. In my version, the lotus plants being consumed are media, depicted by the warped reflections of the 8 individuals gazing at themselves, further distorted and recorded by their repeated third-eye surveillance lenses."

"Lotus Eaters" (Thanks, Jud!)  Mortalcycle: dino-bike! - Boing Boing Heavily armed trees fight it out - Boing Boing M.C. Escher meets Lance Armstrong for the Bio-Cycle - Boing Boing Trilo Temporalis, the clockwork trilobyte - Boing Boing Read the rest

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Heavily armed trees fight it out

Jud Turner sez, "'Duel Nature' is my latest 'Impossible Flying Machine' sculpture. It's about the unnatural act of war-making, expressed by heavily arming 2 trees; it's also about the fact that much of what appears to be pastoral nature is also a war between plants for sunlight and nutrients played out very slowly."

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