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Joe Turk

Two Artist Show Offers Contrast

April 9, 2014 - John Brandenburg - The Daily Oklahoman




An artist originally from Belarus who creates dazzling abstractions is showing work with an Oklahoma native whose oil paintings have their own macabre fascination.

The show is at Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo.

Igor Turovskiy, a Belarus native living in Virginia, mixes mica pigments, resin and fluid acrylics, in his glassy-surfaced works, which resemble underground geologic or overhead cloud formations.

Offering a startling contrast are the dark but very well-painted, bizarrely appealing oil canvases of Joe Turk, who resides in Minnesota, returning home for short visits to his hometown of Stillwater.

Tentacles, emerging from the neck of a large-eyed, Octopus-headed femme fatale, not only tie the composition together, but wrap themselves around the other patrons at a bar counter in Turk's hellish "Waiting Room."

In two other horizontal, nightmarish oils of the same subject, Turk portrays such oddities as a rooster-headed woman, a serpent-headed man with a bottle, and a doll-like person with dark eyes but no nose or mouth.

A woman with a red Valentine heart on her prim white dress reaches out to a wrinkled older man, whose head and shoulders are on fire, as he nurses a drink and gestures "No Thank You," in another strange oil by Turk.

Smaller oils by Turk depict an angry-eyed cat-human hybrid on a striped leash, a hand with nail-like claws holding a white bird prisoner, and a bird-beaked "Patriarch," perched on a telephone pole.

Highly recommended, the show of work by Turk will remain on view through Saturday, along with Turovskiy's mixed-media compositions on wood panel.

— John Brandenburg