In his work, Brian Turkowski engages sculpture, video, photography, digital media and installation based from his studio space in New York. He has maintained residence and an artist work space in Ridgewood, Queens since 2012.
Prior to his move to New York City he spent nearly a decade living and traveling in Latin America. He studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima Peru, spent six years living in Mexico, learning Spanish and volunteering for Casita Linda, a non-profit humanities organization, while continuing to develop and refine his own work. The rich cultural experience and ethnic diversity he encountered have had a lasting effect on his art practice and his approach to understanding social structures.
Turkowski has shown work in exhibitions internationally, exhibited in the Neal Kocurek Memorial Austin Convention Center, has been included in exhibitions curated respectively by Susan Thompson: Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, Artsy Staff Writer Alina Cohen, Lina Kavaliunas: Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, renowned Artist, Curator and former New York Times Art Critic D. Dominick Lombardi and Paulina Pobocha: Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Most recently Turkowski was selected to show work in an exhibition by Samantha De Tillio: Curator of Collections at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.
As an artist his practice is very much concerned with cultural perspectives and finding connections in the different ways that social meaning is formed. His work seeks to sift through the cultural strata of history to discover constellations of shared human experience, by relying on fundamental concepts and expressing primordial sensibilities.
Through his creative process he constructs mechanisms which often rely on the nuances of environmental conditions and elements as sculpting tools and considers methods associated with time and place as modes of creation. As a field artist his projects often incorporate travel as an integral part of the making of his works. He commonly rejects the need to make new things and prefers to look at what surrounds us. His objective approach to materials utilizes every-day things or “culturally sanctioned” objects; which he combines along with other materials into interesting or thought provoking conjunctions where the sum is greater than the parts.
Common themes and motifs in his work include mythology, travel, Anthropology, Archeology and archetypal principals which often extend to address crucial issues of social and cultural importance.