April 7 - May, 2004
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Henry Turmon's new sculptures focus on the physical characteristics of books. As with past pieces, the new objects reflect all things that interest him - enigmatic, compelling objects, family, arcane systems of knowledge, scientific methods. The focus on books is not as literal manuscripts but as shapes that represent "volumes" of information or records of time. There is neither text nor a specific typography on the bookish forms; they are open - revealing nothing - or closed - holding unknown promise. Whether sitting singly or stacked, the repeated shapes suggest an accumulation of something; viewers may meditate on or imagine what secret narratives, instructions, or histories lay hidden there. Along with the book shapes, will be a series of trompe l'oeil dress shirts of carved wood. Neatly folded and presented on pedestals, the shirts, too, become signifiers - part of a businessman's power suit, a work shirt ready to be donned and a day begun, or a tuxedo shirt - part of the social fabric that separates humans from the unclothed.
Henry Turmon received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His works are in several collections, including the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California and Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washingtion. Turmon has shown with Rena Bransten Gallery since 1990.