Tommy Turner

An artist working in print, performance, photography, and film, New York native Tommy Turner is considered a key figure of Downtown No Wave. In the mid-1980s, he directed arresting small gauge films that retain their ability to inspire shock, awe, and revulsion, while conveying a biting sense of humor and incisive social commentary. Turner's concise oeuvre encompasses black magic, domestic dysfunction, addiction, rock ā€˜nā€™ roll, demagoguery, murder, and wasted teenhood, often addressed through gleefully graphic, lo-fi special effects that swerve between clinical detachment and sardonic irreverence. (Bio image shows a still from Rat Trap, made in collaboration with Tessa Hughes.)   full biography


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1984, 11:30 min, color, sound, Super 8mm film on video
1985, 31:16 min, b&w, sound, Super 8mm film on HD video