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British Artist Ben Turnbull

11.9.09   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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For this series, artist Ben Turnbull whittled symbols of violence into school desks. The series explores childhood fascination with violence. Born in 1974 and and working out of London, he is a passionate critic of the contemporary American political system, and explains why toys are central to his work: “Force fed on violence, abused by a controlling superpower and blackmailed through patriotism, the public are ultimately as disposable as the toys they once played with.”


Turnbull is fascinated by the global dominance of American culture, and his works unsettling effects result from re-presenting the toys of our innocent youth in symbolic forms that reveal the shocking truths about war, death and guns in the world’s most powerful country. Above all they take a satirical look at the lengths that the country’s political elites go to in order to control and manipulate the way we think, from our first days of play to the last time we cast our vote.






5 Responses to “British Artist Ben Turnbull”

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  2. Hollywoodstuntkisser Says:

    Wonderful art…wacky politics.

  3. Brian Says:

    yea being anti guns and violence is so wacky, let’s go shoot some moose from a helicopter.

  4. Nino Says:

    w0w very nice sooooooooo inspiring tnx a lot i like it very much

  5. Jenn Says:

    No mater which way you lean in politics you cannot deny that violence is a part of our schools. From the tragedy of columbine to the everyday violence of kids being bullied it’s there.

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