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November 12, 2014

Turk lamp
Atlanta’s Gregor Turk is known for his ceramic sculpture, public art installations and mix-media constructions. You might say Turk’s talents are all over the map.
Background: Turk graduated from Rhodes College and received Masters in Fine Arts from Boston University. Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. Turk, who is an adjunct instructor in the sculpture department at SCAD Atlanta, has a studio on Atlanta’s Westside.

The goods: Table lamps with white earthenware bases ($1,100) are an extension of a set of sculpture entitled “The Atlas Series.” Available in rectangular or cylindrical forms.

The material: Constructed with hundreds of ripped undulating layers of clay, the resulting texture references a variety of imagery, including convoluted contour lines from topographic maps, geologic strata and turbulent water currents. When illuminated, the texture of the lamp base becomes even more pronounced.

Other favorites: Besides lamps, Turk uses the same layered technique to make vases ($300 to $700), hemispheric bowls ($500 to $750) and wall-mounted convex tablets that can be installed in a grid. The 14-inch square tablets are $700 each.

Also known for: PlaceMates, dinner plates ($30 for 11-inch dinner plates and $20 for 8-inch dessert plates) feature pictograms of men and women collected from around the world. Plates are suitable for display or dinner. (Pictured below).

Claim to fame: His artwork has been featured in nearly a dozen TV series/movies filmed in Atlanta, including “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” His artwork is also in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art.

BeltLine buzz: Turk has as a temporary installation on the BeltLine (through Nov. 15) featuring a cluster of five billboards of General William T. Sherman’s eyes.

Up next: A public art commission for an Atlanta-area library.

Where to buy: In the Atlanta area at Atlanta MADE, 1187 Howell Mill Road N.W. ( or





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