100 Creatives

100 Creatives 2012: Patrick Turk, Master of Scissors and Glue

Originally from Galveston, Patrick Turk spends ridiculous amounts of hours whittling pieces of paper to smaller pieces of paper, which the artist assembles into left-field patterns and shapes. (Scissor and glue companies must love him.)

The smaller images depict everything imaginable, ranging from body parts to sushi. Once put together, the larger piece is usually always unique and sometimes unsettling in a good way. Or, in his well-received "Kaleidoscoptical Super Revolution!" at ArtStorm in 2008, reminiscent of an image you might see while looking into a kaleidoscope.

Along with shows all around town, Turk's images have been published in MungBeing, on the cover of Golden Cities's album Philokalia and on the poster for the 2009 Houston Art Car Parade.

What he does? The self-trained artist has shown his one-of-a-kind collages at Lawndale Art Center, Rudolph Projects Artscan Gallery and at galleries in Galveston and Los Angeles. How does he pull it off? "I cut things into smaller things and turn them into bigger things," says Turk.

Why he likes it? Turk explains, "The process is my astral travel spaceship and the product is a layer cake of portals to imaginary candy lands of sparkles and darkness." There you have it.

What inspires him? You name it, especially if it's object-centric, and Turk may be into it. He says, "Crystals, chopped and screwed, illustration, gloss, repetition, magic, pretty things, rocking out."

If not this, then what? "I'd like to become a saucier and market a line of sauces under the name Fat Kids," says Turk. For real?

If not here, then where? In Turk's orbit, no other place exists but Houston. "Where else is there?" asks Turk.

What's next? Turk recently scored one of Lawndale's coveted residencies, which means he has nine months of killer studio space and a weekly stipend to create artworks that will be exhibited at the Main Street gallery in May 2013.

Overall, Turk plans for "more of the same, but better."

More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Elizabeth Keel, playwright Bob Martin, designer Mary Lampe, short film promoter and developer Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer Jeremy Wells, painter George Brock, theater teacher Radu Runcanu, painter Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker Philip Hayes, actor Patrick Palmer, painter Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer John Tyson, actor Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music Laura Burlton, photographer David Peck, fashion designer Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor Katya Horner, photographer Johnathan Felton, artist Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer Carol Simmons, hair stylist Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet Greg Carter, director Kenn McLaughlin, theater director Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist Susie Silbert, crafts Lauralee Capelo, hair designer Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director J.J. Johnston, theater director Mary Margaret Hansen, artist Richard Tallent, photographer Viswa Subbaraman, opera director Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist Sonja Roesch, gallery owner Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor Sandy Ewen, musician Camella Clements, puppeteer Wade Wilson, gallery owner Magid Salmi, photographer Carl Williams, playwright

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