School Desk Carvings by Ben TurnbullJuxtapoz // Friday, 19 Aug 2011
These school desk carvings by Ben Turnbull are far better than anything we ever carved in our desks in the 5th grade. We could barely get our initials into those 1960's desks that our school district kept recycling. The idea of taking childhood memories and masking them with a darker reality is quite interesting, and done well here. Where we went intials, kids now are a little more, um, advanced.
London-based Turnbull is "fascinated by the global dominance of American culture, and his works unsettling effects result from re-presenting the toys of our innocent youth in symbolic forms that reveal the shocking truths about war and violence in the world’s most powerful country." (via)