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

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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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Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main St., Houston, TX

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