Cleveland Turner's house

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998

Though thoroughly covered with festive regalia, the house maintains an aspect of privacy, even secrecy. One cannot tell where the entrance is, there is no clear path to a doorway, and there are no visible windows. All of this lends a sense of spontaneity and confusion that may really be part of the artist’s plan. For a person living alone, this barrier of fanciful constructions becomes a security buffer. The unpredictability of the home’s exterior announces that the artist is a man of mystery, a man that must not be underestimated. Turner, amidst his spreading of joy, is still a private person. He draws attention to himself and then deflects it.