Gavin Turk
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Gavin Turk (born 1967) is a British artist. While still in school in 1991, his tutors refused to give him his final grades for his show entitled “Cave”, consisting of an empty studio space, which only contained a blue heritage plaque. He subsequently made works questioning the value and integrity of the artist figure. He has cast himself in a series of life-sized sculptures, depicting different romantic heroes including Sid Vicious (1993), Jean-Paul Marat (1998) and Che Guevara (1999). He also produced self-portraits under the guises of 20th century artists like Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol (both 2007). Turk also features ambiguity as much as self-obsession throughout his work. With “Nomad (red)” (2003) for example, what looks like an ordinary sleeping bag is in fact cast in bronze.

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Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up currently includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, and bassist Justin Chancellor. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums that have topped the charts in several countries. The band emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow (1993), and became a dominant force in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second album, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus (2001) and the most recent album, 10,000 Days (2006), gaining the band critical acclaim and commercial success around the world. Their long-awaited fifth album is in production. The band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock. The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members' insistence on privacy. (**more...**)
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