|Lesson 1, 60 x 120 cm/24 x 47 in (carved desk), 2009|
|Lesson 2, 46 x 58 cm/18 x 23 in (carved desk), 2009|
Ben Turnbull seems to have achieved what British artists are often so good at, to subtly shock their audience. In this increasingly gun saturated world a school is expected to be a protected bastion but these weapons peek out from within the school desks as though being viewed with X-ray eyes.
|Lesson 3, 60 x 120 cm/24 x 47 in (carved desk), 2009|
Here's what Ben has to say on his work when 'ShortList' magazine asked him how he got started as an artist. "I copied all the Iron Maiden covers on to my desk at school, so I've come full circle. It must be some psychological thing. I've worked in workshops since I was 15 years old. That led to me to working on film sets. I was making a plinth based on Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I was looking for some wood and someone said to me “What about these old school desks?” I made a beautiful crate-like plinth for this work, and then left a few of the desks around."
|Lesson 4, 60 x 120 cm/24 x 47 in (carved desk), 2009|
The sight of the old school desks left with the graffiti on, provokes a strong sense of nostalgia tinged with horror, when viewing the carved objects within.
|Lesson 5, 60 x 120 cm/24 x 47 in (carved desk), 2009|
|Lesson 6, 46 x 58 cm/18 x 23 in (carved desk), 2009|
|Lesson 7, Ben Turnbull, 2009|