Monday, 14 January 2008
Turner is both a proper name (with all the complexities of that process of arbitrary signification: I am Adam yet I am not the first man! I am Roberts yet my father is not Robert!) -- and it is a word, a description of something Turner the artist does. Two things, actually: for he is both a craftsman, like a Turner creating chair legs out of wood he makes images out of paint and canvas; and he is also somebody who swerves or reorients our way of looking at the world; our preconceptions about beauty; our understanding of light.