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Weekly Crap, April 13th

Have a great sunday!

 

 

Marc Quinn – The Sleep of Reason

 

Last friday, I actually had no intention of visiting an exhibition until I saw Mr. Quinn’s giant golden seashell at the entrance of ARTER Gallery. The first solo exhibition of Marc Quinn in Turkey is now on display here until 27th April. The exhibition is curated by Selen Ansen and was given the name “Sleep of Reason” with inspiration from Francisco Goya’s 1799 etching named “Sleep of reason creates monsters”.

As a general comment I can say the exhibition was absolutely impressive. With his works Mr. Quinn was presenting a great mixture of meaning and material variety. He adapts modern technologies to his art such as the 3D scanning technique or the freezing blood for sculptures and points on things that as a society, we often pretend not to recognise: disabilities, trans-genders and politic unrests leading to the biggest human tragedies. Often you could feel that Quinn was silently protesting these globally known politics traumas and prejudices that harmed many societies’ both political and social lives in recent history. Another line of issues the artist was referring was the interaction between creation of human and history, nature, culture and human body.

Actually the exhibition was settled up on the idea of a “threshold”. A threshold seems like a separation of two different mediums: outside and inside. But also a tangible point of a change occurring and the only common ground of two separate ends. In this context the works reflect the phases of change in various subjects for example Matter into Light series, implying the energy is never lost in the universe it transforms into some other type of matter or the Before and After Humans series where the water, sky and clouds come in order with an ambience of transformation. Also most of the works contain two polars existing in the some body.

Marc Quinn, The Origin of the World (Cassis Madagascariensis) Atlantic Ocean 310, 2012

Marc Quinn, The Origin of the World (Cassis Madagascariensis) Atlantic Ocean 310, 2012

The giant sea shell at the entrance of the gallery was made of bronze and created with using 3D scanning of a shell, representing the a dualism, more of an adaptation, of the shell since it’s interior and exterior is totally different to adapt to ocean environment. I found a similarity with this as humans we sometimes change how we are seen from outside to adapt our social environment.

 

Marc Quinn, Chelsea Charms, 2011

Marc Quinn, Chelsea Charms, 2011

This is the modified sculpture of an American model, Chelsea Charms who had a couple of breast surgeries. The reason she changes her appearance is the society’s notions of beauty and being sexy. with emphasising the breasts in the sculpture and keeping all the other parts natural, like the ancient Greek sculptures, I guess Quinn wants show how society’s unrealistic views of beauty can affect so many people like Chelsea, to lose their confidence and go for the option of changing their appearance at the cost of so much money and pain.

Along with the sculptures that are partly inspired by Ancient Greece there are Selma Mustajbasic (2000), Peter Hull (1999), Tom Yendell (2000), Alexandra Westmoquette (2000) and Stuart Penn (2000) where all are representations of real people with disabilities.

Marc Quinn, Self, 2011

Marc Quinn, Self, 2011

 

Self, the most exciting one is a continuous self-portrait project, where the artist gives his own blood, and freezes it inside of a cast, shaped as his own head. He is doing this in every 5 years since 1991. I guess this work of him can be considered as an exploration of self, questioning reasons that make him want to wake up every morning, where blood here represents these reasons as a liquid that physically  keeps you alive.

 

Marc Quinn, Where the Worlds Meet the Mind,  2012

Marc Quinn, Where the Worlds Meet the Mind, 2012

 

 

Marc Quinn, The Creation of History series, 2014

Marc Quinn, The Creation of History series, 2014

 

In The Creation of History series and many other works in the exhibition you can observe strong references to recent world politics, particularly countries with turbulent political lives. The series is composed of 6 tapestries which were laid on the floor where viewers were allowed to step on them. This was so strange to me as I hesitated to step on even the security guard told me that we’re allowed to. Tapestries were involving photos from recent riots in Brazil, Greece, Egypt, India and UK, which were implying that only the demand from a country’s own citizens could change a nations path. PS. I really expected to see some shots from the Gezi Park protest.

 

 

Click for more: 

Exhibition’s web page

Artist’s website

Mural by  Best Ever from Huffington Post Arts

Weekly Crap, 30th March

Here are the favourite links of the week!

Enjoy!

  • To celebrate Van Gogh’s 161st birthday you can zoom in to his most famous painting The Starry Night from Google Cultural Institue.

 

  • Artist Jonathan Monk’s art is fed by the art world itself, I liked the idea of his deflated sculptures inspired from Jeff Koons’s metallic rabbits.

 

Weekly Crap, March 16th

Happy Sundays!

“A society in which narcissism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism run rampant, celebrity and notoriety have merged, and fame is the ultimate goal—Andy would feel right at home.” 

Tomás Saraceno NGC 5457, 2014 Andersen's Contemporary

Weekly Crap, March 9th

We are having a rainy, gloomy sunday here in İstanbul. Great weather to stay under your blanket all day with your laptop and some cookies aside. Don’t forget to check my favourite links too!

  • If you’re in New York right now, go visit the exhibition of a fashion genius Charles James at the amazing Metropolitan Museum. Here is an article about the exhibition.
Lydia Dambassina - Which came first? the chicken or the egg?

In Memory of Duchamp’s Ready-mades

The exhibition, Unhappy Ready-Made hosted by the KUAD Gallery was running between January 8th and March 1st 2014 unfortunately I could just find time to write about it. It was an exhibition built on a strong background as it was a reference to Marcel Duchamp’s introduction of his revolutionary art form, ready-mades 100 years ago. The exhibition was including the works of contemporary artists: Gülçin Aksoy, Songül Boyraz, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Lydia Dambassina,  Ivan Egelski, Erol Eskici, Şakir Gökçebağ, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Pravdoliub Ivanov,  Serhat Kiraz,  Komet, Murat Morova, Ahmet Öktem, Vahit Tuna, Uygur Yılmaz.

Dada Movement and Duchamp’s Ready-mades

The ready made is a form of artwork where one or more mass production objects were showed as an artwork. This term was first introduced by Marcel Duchamp with his famous works, which the exhibition celebrates their 100th anniversary, Bicycle Wheel  (1913) and Bottle Rack (1914). Duchamp’s main motive in creating them was to change the importance of artist’s talent into the importance of the idea in the process of creating an artwork. Even the artist himself defines these works as a fantasy but not an artwork. He reached his aim with the work, Fountain(1917) where he turned a urinal upside down and signed as a fake name R. Mutt. Fountain was removed from the exhibition in Society of Independent Artists Inc. in the same year but still it had a big influence in changing the idea of what is art and what is not since then.

The Dada Movement, started in Zurich and spread to whole Europe was a challenge to the controversial forms of Western art, techniques and the prevailing concepts of aesthetics. Influenced by the idea that the reasons behind World War 1 are preposterous, the artists involved in the movement attempted to create things in absurdity and sarcastic humor, both aiming to show outrage to the war and to the widely accepted definition of what is called as an “artwork”.

With his ground-breaking artworks, the ready mades, Marcel Duchamp became one of the most important figures in Dadaist art. What made the ready mades that much important was that for the first time in art history, such daily and mass produced items were entering into the art world.

In light of the history of ready-mades I can say the works in the exhibition was good and very aesthetic followers of Duchamp’s art initiative. However, seeing the price tags of the works bring this question in my mind: How to decide on the value of an artwork? Mr. Duchamp was answering the continuous question of what is art in his way, he left us deciding on the value of artworks. This process however is much more difficult in the case of ready-mades, because you don’t have much clue about the artist’s ideas and motivations behind doing the specific artwork since there is often no explanation of the work and the objects are not very self explanatory. Plus there is  little effort put on the works compared to products of other art movements. Again this makes us arrive at one conclusion, that art is a very subjective area and the price of artworks depends fully on the buyer’s perception.

For more information:

Exhibition web page

 

Guilty by Jeff Koons and Ivana Porfiri

Weekly Crap, March 2nd

Have an inspiring sunday!

  • A reminder for the readers living in or visiting İstanbul, Pera Museum hosts a Picasso exhibition and it sounds like a good one to visit. The exhibition will run until 20th of April, I’ll definitely be visiting and writing about it here.

 

Weekly Crap, February 23rd

Good mornings from a late starting sunday! Put on your favourite records on your pick up like me and check out below to get inspired!

A Roundup on New York Fashion Week

Leaving behind the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week I decided to make a small roundup and see what was actually popping out and making a difference out of all the far-fetched stuff people share about the NYFW on social media.

  • Fur was a big hit in most of the shows contrarily to all the animal rights concerns. Used in small fractions on coats, as necklets, or used as small accessories, you can see fur in many runway photos.  Fur, was sure to be a classic element of style always but by colouring it in various colours and using it in small portions on fashion pieces, it  transformed from being too luxurious to being much more daily and casual.
  • Shapes are absolute perfection! What I consider under shape is the masculine forms emphasising the upper body with large shoulder cuts and peplum forms drawing attention to the hips and legs. Also with using thick fabrics the posture of item became more prominent. Proenza Schouler for example one of my favourites, as it mastered the fabric and shape in it’s Fall 2014 show.
  • Midi skirts were seem to took the place of minis which were very dominant in the last decade. With sheer or thick fabrics, under big sweaters or fur coats, midis were in high favour. Ralph Lauren was one example
  • Boho and tiny floral patterns and bright shades of fuchsia, cobalt blue were very common. Micheal Kors and Tory Burch was the ones rocking this patterns, even though I have to admit that MK have disappointed me a bit with it’s earthly toned designs in a too much boho breeze. Thakoon and Oscar de la Renta was using the bright colours and floral patterns at their best.

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{Photos from: Vogue.co.uk }

These were a very small selection of my favourites from the NYFW, for a broader view be sure to check out:

Primary thing in fashion weeks is apparently the fashion shows, but in recent years with the introduction of what we call now, the new media, the outfits of attendees and what they share on their social media accounts turned out to be as intriguing as the fashion shows themselves. I think there are way too much fashion bloggers nowadays most of them copying the same styles from each other, continually bombing Instagram with fashion photos and trying to stand out in the crowd but look very artificial. But, while some outfits are very far from being stylish, there are also very original styles to be inspired! Check out what industry insiders wore in the super cold New York streets during the Fashion Week and decide your yays and nays!

What do you think? 

Which trends you spotted on the runway? Which shows you liked or didn’t like?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts! 

Timeless Portraits from a Contemporary Artist: Michel Comte-Fame

The famous photographer, Michel Comte’s exhibition, Fame was held in Elipsis Gallery in İstanbul, between 12 December 2013 and 25 January 2014. Visiting the gallery at it’s last day and than leaving the country for 2 weeks I could just find time to write about this spectacular show. The exhibition was presenting a selection Comte’s iconic photographs of famous people from arts, music, film and fashion industry at the beginnings of 90′s and 2000′s.

The artist and his career

Michel Comte has born in Zurich in 1954 and actually has an education on art restoration.  Than he developed his interest on photography and primarily worked with Karl Lagerfeld for advertisements of Chloe. Throughout his career he worked for the popular magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and managed advertisements of world class companies like Armani, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana. 

Rather than fashion and portrait photography, he also engaged in photo-reportage and documentary.  Under the name of International Red Cross he made photo-reportages in Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Bosnia to draw attention to social problems of hunger and poverty in these countries. In addition to all his socially responsible manner, he also founded the Water Foundation in 2004 to help and manage safe and clean water supply to under-developed countries.

The Photographs

Comte, photographed the well known people from the areas of arts, entertainment, music or film and their poses soon became classic or iconic with the new media of our age, even though they belong to very recent past. The photographs were echoing the senses of individualism and being lost. There were a touch of sexuality and confidence in every shot. They represented most of the things that come with fame, or at least we think that come with fame which is why I think the exhibition was named as Fame.

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Photos from Exhibition’s web page

For more photos, Artist’s website