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DANIEL TURNER  10.22.21  -  02.08.22

The Maria Leuff Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition of recent sculptures by American artist Daniel Turner. For Turner, form is a process of transformation, achieved through the manipulation of materials, objects and environments into tactile or atmospheric forms. For his current exhibition, Turner has recast chairs from a psychiatric facility into a solid metal object, which has been permanently inset into the concrete floor of the Maria Leuff Foundation. This calibrated block of aluminum constitutes the centerpiece of the exhibition, a transposition of one institution into another.


A second sculpture titled, Double Blind / Mercury Release, was produced by dropping fluorescent lights from the gallery’s ceiling fixtures. The shattered fluorescent tubes release a trace amount of mercury into the air, catalyzing a synthetic chemical process. The implied presence of mercury takes on an alchemical connotation—appealing to senses apart from sight alone, while engaging directly with the gallery’s environing architecture.


Opposite these interventions, a segmented sculpture consisting of Kerosene soaked cardboard panels serves as conduits to heat. Set against a greater industrial and institutional landscape, this work foregrounds how cognition enters into experience, shading how beliefs and delusions color our perception of both space and the environment. 


Daniel Turner was born 1983 Portsmouth, Virginia and currently lives and works in New York City. His work has been shown in institutional exhibitions including; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa Texas; Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Krefeld Germany; Musée des Arts Contemporains Grand Hornu, Hornu Belgium; Pinchuk Art Centre; Kiev Ukraine; Museen Haus Esters und Haus Lange, Krefeld Germany; Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun Switzerland, Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Romania; The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Poland; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck Austria and The Musée d'art Moderne de la ville de in Paris France.


The exhibition will be on view from October 22, 2021 through February 8, 2022. For more information please contact Amy Elizabeth at

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