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Jeff Turek (jeffturek)

Jeff Turek (jeffturek)

Biography

Born 1956, ... Wilbur Peck Court, Greenwich Connecticut, U.S.A.

Bassist ... self-taught
with the exception of two very short but sweet instruction sessions (one each) with Mickey Kolinsky, USA ... and Klaus Voormann (Plastic Ono Band), Germany ...
active in ... New York City, Florida, Vermont, USA ... Hamburg & West Berlin, Germany ...
in various bands and studios since 1973
... and ...
in various Solo/ Group Electroacoustic Performance Projects since 2001.

Study of Art, Poetry and History ... (70's - 80's) with ... Eduardo Paolozzi, Robin Page,
Andreas von Weizsäcker, Allan Kaprow, Al Hansen, Sigmar Polke, Emmett Williams. Rene Block,
Hermann Nitsch, Georg Jappe, Christian Beutler, Wolfgang Oppermann, Vlado Kristl,
Ernst Mitzka, Kurt Kranz, Eddie Strayhorn, Augustus Propersi & Bill the Magnificent
in Greenwich & Stamford, Connecticut, USA, ...and Munich & Hamburg, Germany
which all together adds up to ;
(a semi-inspired, yet more importantly, occasionally inspiring) autodidact.

As a free-lance assistant / translator in various museums here in Germany from 1985 (it was Rene Block who first hired me in 1985) ... till 2001, I ended up working directly together with the following artists/ gallerists ; ... aiding them in the presentation of their various, usually very large scale, projects of all kinds throughout the years;

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Louise Bourgeois, Nobuyoshi Araki, Pierre Soulages, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Kurt Kranz, Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhodes, Jeff Wall, George Baselitz, Rene Block, Elena Sonnabend, Kaspar König, Jeffrey Deitch, Elaine Sturtevant, Fischli & Weiss, Duane Hanson, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Morris, Rosalind Krauss, General Idea, Andreas Gursky, Jorge Pardo, Anton Corbijn, Alex Katz, Joel Shapiro, John Armleder, Ettore Sottsass, Heinrich Hoffmann, Jr., Bernhard Johannes and Anna Blume, Gilbert and George, Erro, Robert Freeman, and Ilya Kabakov among many others.

Just as the late, great Jack Bruce said;
"The function of the bass, is to make everybody else SOUND GOOD"
So Karl Marx (though I am NOT a fan of his) might have said;
"The function of the free-lance assistant museum WORKER, is to make multi-millionaire 'creative geniuses' (who let other people work for them) LOOK GOOD."
True, true, ... at least many of them were thankful.
But looking up close, behind the hype, and being involved in the action, ... many of the "great artworks of our age" and those who make them, start to pale, considerably.

Perhaps a bit paradoxically, I found that paleness to be a comforting artistic impetus, ... regardless of the problematic fact that so-called Western High Culture still, (since the end of the Gothic Period), emanates primarily from idiot snobs with High Digit Bank Accounts, who their entire lives, have been detached from the necessities of daily survival, and that detachment then becomes further hyper-amplified within an isolated, incestuous "Art World".

This detachment of Culture, since the Gothic Age, from everyday normal Society (as if Culture is something "extra" ... as Donald Judd, among others, has also pointed out in his writings)), and just as lethal, the schizophrenic detachment of Politics from real-lived, everyday lives ... will be the doom of the West, if not corrected. On that dark day, The West shall cease to be The Best ... (get in, ... and we'll do the rest).

Marx got it all wrong. The "means of production" belong to anybody who has a brain, a laptop, a blog, and/ or a garage (to start an Apple, Microsoft, or Google Corporation), NOT to the bourgeoisie.
What belongs to the bourgeoisie is High Culture, ... or how many € 30,000,000 Gerhard Richter paintings have YOU purchased today ?

Contemporary Art Museums, being for the most part, mono-blocks of limited, (if not singular) sociopolitical views, (i.e. ... "populist alternative", like present television advertisements) exist largely to show the common folk what the rich people are hanging on their walls these days, if not, ... then why are public institutions spending money they don't have exclusively on those works that The Market spews out ?

As far as "content" is concerned, the art world has, to a large extent, become a Garbage Can Collection of populist "woke", "minority", superficial, hypocritical, shallow yet beyond-all-realities over priced wall decorations, and insulting-to-the-intelligence "performances" created by Activists Full of Laxatives (not actually a big change since Kandinsky wrote his book, "Concerning the Spiritual in Art", in 1910).
God Bless ye Art Lovers who can THINK and SEE for yourselves ! ... ye are truly an Endangered Species !

Being the full red blooded (expatriate) American that I am, I have always gravitated more towards INCLUSIVE art forms (i.e. ... films, comics, television, rock n roll, etc. ... as well as the concept of an Inclusive Society), than EXCLUSIVE art forms (supposedly "intellectual" bla, bla bla ... aka, ... Royal Bullshit).

As for the present crisis ... it is truly a disaster, that blockheads such as Adorno, Lukacs, Benjamin and the entire Frankfurter School were so blinded by the IMPERIALISTIC / National "Socialist" Germany they grew up in, (as Karl Popper pointed out) that they were completely incapable of recognizing what true free, democratic, REPUBLICAN art forms ARE, ... i.e. ... American films, music (JAZZ, BLUES, ROCK) and American Industrial Popular Culture, the European equivalents of which were and are truly second rate, if not completely degenerate (the Wollny Effect). ... Baselitz, the East German guy living in Italy, agrees and perceives large portions of European culture to be only empty idiotic-imitations of American culture, ... Hegel, Nietzsche, Hesse (Hermann Hesse's hateful view of America was virtually IDENTICAL to that of Adolf Hitler's), Mann (the SNOB, Non-Plus-Ultra) and countless other's were a pack of Imperialist Bourgeois Culture Vultures looking BACKWARDS through their Racist Continental Telescopes ... viewing America as an inferior image of Europe ... when exactly the OPPOSITE is true.

Like Zombies, the Living-Dead European "intellectuals" ("you're DEAD, you just ain't buried yet" ... as David Bowie's lyrics say) still haven't realized that they actually DIED TWICE in the 20th Century, having committed DOUBLE COMPLETE CULTURAL SUICIDE in TWO World Wars.
The Psychopathic European Religious Wars from the 13th through the 19th Centuries, that left entire countries and tens of thousands of witches smoldering in bonfires, were nothing but child's play compared to the catastrophic Massive Cultural Self-Mutilation and devastating Intellectual Self-Decapitation of Europe in the 20th Century, ... which resulted in the most extreme BRAIN DRAIN in the history of humanity.

To top the dilemma off, ... not unlike Moby Dick's last ramming of the Pequod as it was already half sunk ... the Ultra-Zombies of Lyotard, Baudrillard and Derrida come along, postwar, and ram the sinking West with their obscure, MEANINGLESS (to quote Noam Chomsky's critique), fascist, divisive, idiotic drivel, ... thus spreading the "Plague of Postmodernism" as Camille Paglia calls it, over the last remaining fragile embers of Western artistic freedom.
Paglia being perhaps the most knowledgeable Art Historian in the USA, who is not only humorous (a feminist novum), ... but a courageous lesbian professor who has paid the Cancel Culture price for her critical views on fourth wave feminism and the serious "social justice" problematic on American campuses.

This Critical Theory Zombie Disaster has thus resulted in (what is left of) the Truly Democratic Free Forms of Western Culture coming under attack, from the interior and exterior, by multitudes of Pretentious Orwellian Self-Righteous "Woke" Thought-Police, ... of whom the New Imbecilic Postmodern Flagellants of Cancel Culture Competitive Victimology are comprised.

Therefore, ... it is of the utmost importance that, (to almost quote Jim Morrison);
"TRUE SAILING BE NOT DEAD ... and those sullen and aborted currents breed NOT tiny Monsters" ...
That Rock & Roll BE Here To Stay ... and that, ... as Bruce Nauman nearly said;
"The True Artist Continues Revealing Mystical Truths" ...
even though, as far as "the truth" goes ... I tend to agree with Salvador Dali who said;
"The TRUTH is something, only for IDIOTS".

Nevertheless ...
(and to throw one last (but not least), Cunningly Crafty Quote into the pot) ...

As some clever old white toxic male pale-faced nutcase bearded bastard beatnik said (I think it was me);

"THOUGH THE SITUATION IS HOPELESS, THAT IS NO REASON TO LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR."

Exhibitions

1988- ... Graphic Biennale Cracow, Poland
1989- ... "D&S" Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
1996- ... "Connections" Academy of Design, Budapest
1997- ... "Emotional Geometry" Barlach Halle K, Hamburg
1999- ... "There, there is no there" Barlach Raum K, Hamburg
1999- ... "The Searchers" ArtistsSpace, New York City
2000- ... "Everything Now" Barlach Halle K, Hamburg
2007- ... "SchönWahnSinnig" Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany
2005-2012- ... "The Skeleton Song Electroacoustic Aleatoric Diary Part 1"
including the ... "Canyon of the Dead Heroes", performance,
Galerie der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Hamburg 2005, ... as part of the "Back to Space" exhibition
accompanied by diverse live performances (throughout/ till 2012) at XWHQ ...
Experimental World Headquarters, Hamburg
resulting in an 80 CD compilation;
"The Skeleton Songs of Never Ending Song Endings Compilation" (2012)
2018- ... "G3 Extended" ... performance (sound/film),
with Rhys Chatham, Robert Longo, and others,
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg ... (as part of the exhibition titled; "Proof")

Publications

Currently working on, "The Book of Everything ... ACHTUNG YE MOTHERS ! " (working title) ...
including;
Graphics, Drawings, Paintings, Stories, Poems, Theories, Parables, Lectures, Songs & Rants

otherwise ...

The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California
Special Collections, The IRVING SANDLER PAPERS; Series I, Artists 1914 - 2001
Correspondences ... Box 33 / 24

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Hermann Haselstrauch (HermannHaselstrauch)

Hermann Haselstrauch wrote on January 12, 2011 10:48:

hallo jeff,ich hab mir was entnommen
hermann