The idea of playing or freely gathering during a pandemic was impossible to conceive in 2020. Look Up dared to bring communities together safely to give them a new way of looking at themselves. And, as a result, they created a new lens through which the world saw them.
A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist, known for marble sculpture and thru ET Projects, immersive art events. Currently, she splits time between a studio in Santa Ana, CA and NYC. She is a MacArthur Fellow, an Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation recipient and a Smithsonian Artist Fellow among other awards. Turk received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA in 1983. She has been represented by Hirschl & Adler, Modern in NYC since 2000.
In 2018 she launched ET Projects (a CA non-profit) to develop participatory art experiences outside existing artworld boundaries. Collaborating with communities, she creates a platform for publicly engaged creativity. This is realized by volunteers carrying umbrellas (colorful pixels) and filming with drones to create larger than life video configurations. Her goal is to open gateways for creative experiences so that groups may see themselves from a multitude of perspectives. And, ultimately, when these videos are projected publicly, shift shared airspace to a collective reimagining of our civic landscape.