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KATJA LOHER: WHAT IS THE COLOR OF SCENT?
Sep
6
to Oct 27

KATJA LOHER: WHAT IS THE COLOR OF SCENT?

C24 Gallery is pleased to present What is the Color of Scent? A solo exhibition by artist Katja Loher marking her third solo exhibition with the gallery. What is the Color of Scent? will be on view September 6 - October 27, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6 – 8 pm.

What is the Color of Scent? transforms the gallery space into an ethereal world in which the viewer journeys through an enchanted universe altered by vision, sound, and scent. On view will be Loher’s signature Videosculptures, Videoportals, Videoplanets, Videonests and Videotables.

Expanding on the artist’s exploration into the delicate relationship we have with our ecological environment, Loher’s Videosculptures are inspired by nature and its self-organizing systems. Whimsical videos are embedded in physical objects that mimic organic forms, such as pollen and corals, without hiding the artifice of the technical process. Hand blown glass holds microcosms of beauty and complexity that capture entire alternate worlds and realities. Reminiscent of bubbles and eggs embedded in hand woven abstracted bird’s nests, the organic glass shapes are a poetic commentary on the fleeting nature of time, impermanence, and the natural elements and processes of the world.

The deconstruction of the rectangular format of traditional video plays a central role in the intention of Loher’s fantastic environments. The artist breaks away from the canon of video art by liberating video from the constraints of its standard or traditional form. Video is not limited by its medium - it instead becomes a portal into a magical world.

Loher’s videos reveal movements of magical beings that create hypnotic mind and eye-bending Mandalas exploring the elements Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Love. The creatures of her videos act in harmony to evoke awareness of nature’s beauty and fragility, and reveal the secret lives of flora and fauna. The dancers assemble into provocative questions on screen, engaging the viewer in a rhetorical conversation that urges them to explore the complex balance between humans, nature and the consequences of contemporary environmental issues.

The visual collages are generated using a combination of elaborate, choreographed dance pieces overlaid with footage taken from the artist’s international travels to the Peruvian Amazon and India. Inspired by cultural traditions, each element represents a mandala, and forms a blueprint of the exhibition. Unique scent combinations accompany each element, engendering a subtle yet powerful scentscape that complement Loner’s fully immersive, sensorial experience.

At the apex of the exhibition, all five elements and Mandalas come together to form a miniature universe consisting of Videoplanets of various sizes floating in the two-story atrium of the gallery. Videos representing the five Mandalas form a spiritual representation of the universe and are projected onto the Videoplanets, animating the perfectly round spheres and unifying the elemental themes of the exhibition.

Loher’s work is conceived in a collaborative process with her team. For the present exhibition, artist Tansy Kaschak creates unique aroma combinations to accompany each element, engendering a subtle ‘scentscape’ that complements Loher’s fully immersive sensorial experience.

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, Loher studied art in Geneva and Basel. Since 2004, she has lived in New York City. Her unique video objects have won her numerous awards, and now form part of several significant collections.

Loher’s work has appeared internationally in many solo and group exhibitions including: Core Club, New York, USA (2017); Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, USA (2016); C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA (since 2013), Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX (since 2009); Gallery Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland (since 2010); NBMAA, New Britain, CT, USA (2015); TelFair Museum, Savannah, Georgia, USA (2015); World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (2014); MuBE, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil (2012); Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy (2010); MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2010); United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China (2010); (Biennale Chongqing, China (2009); Siggraph Asia, Yokohama, Japan (2009); Art Digital, Moscow, Russia (2005) and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2005).

Katja Loher’s work is featured in numerous notable private and public collections including Credit Suisse Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; The Telfair Museum, Georgia, USA; Jorge Perez Collection, Miami, USA; 21C Museum, Kentucky, USA; Anthem of the Seas Art Collection, Miami, USA; Arte Al Limite, Santiago de Chile, Chile; eN Arts Collection, Tokyo, Japan and Horsecross Collection, Perth, UK.

In the last years the artist has received several awards including TPC CreaTVty Award from the Swiss TV Production Center, as well as a number of distinguished artist residencies in New York, Berlin, Beijing, Brazil and India.

Loher’s work has been commissioned for large-scale Art & Architecture projects at the new headquarters of SwissGrid, Switzerland (2018), Related Group/Jorge Perez, at SLS Hotel, Miami, USA (2016), and Oasis VIP Lounge, at Bogota Airport, Colombia (2015).

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İRFAN ÖNÜRMEN: BORDER, AT GALATA RUM OKULU, ISTANBUL
May
18
to Jun 30

İRFAN ÖNÜRMEN: BORDER, AT GALATA RUM OKULU, ISTANBUL

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Border, an exhibition of new works by İrfan Önürmen marking the artist's first solo exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey in seven years. Border will be on view at the 1st and 2nd floor of Galata Rum Okulu, Istanbul from May 18 - June 30 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, May 18, from 6-9pm.

In Border, Önürmen examines the concept of borders both as geographic boundary markers as well as the metaphoric lines created between public and private spaces. He brings together themes of humanitarian aid, the refugee experience, and the formation of cultural and personal identities. He asks the viewer to consider the real life situations of displaced refugees who have not only fled their homes and the regular routines of their lives, but who have also left behind their national identities, memories, and experiences and are now looking towards a future that is very uncertain.

Önürmen's dynamic works are products of a diverse and experimental working process. The exhibition features paintings, reliefs, and works made from multiple media such as tulle and concrete. Önürmen references the border experience with molds and reproductions of common items found in tent cities: fast food containers and products, as well as industrial spare parts. These items are a nod toward the duality of a consumer culture which not only provides aid, but also fuels the crises from which many flee.

A highlight of the exhibition is an installation of a tent city made of concrete sculptures entitled Border. (Tent cities are temporary housing solutions set up at various countries’ borders which provide relief for refugees fleeing their homes for political reasons). A feat of mathematical precision, the sculptures are uniformly lined up, and anonymous. The installation becomes a kind of memorial, leaving the viewer to consider the person who is meant to inhabit the represented space, the personal histories they have left behind in an effort to survive, and questions the conditions they live in.

In it's whole, the exhibition masterfully brings together concrete sculptures, paintings and reliefs, tulle works, burnt bagels and other materials creating a ‘destruction museum' for humankind, which is ultimately advancing to its doom.

İrfan Önürmen

b. 1958 Bursa, Turkey Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey                                                             İrfan Önürmen's graduated from the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy (now known as Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University), Department of Painting, in 1987. His work reveals the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of contemporary media. Önürmen addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting, and sculpture. His selected exhibitions include “9 Contemporary Turkish Painters,” Brussels, Belgium, in 2004; “Made in Turkey,” Kulturdezernat der Stadt, Frankfurt, Germany, in 2008; “New Baghdad Museum and Terror Factory,” Thessaloniki Contemporary State Art Museum, Greece, in 2009; the 10th Istanbul Biennial; “6 positions in critical art from Istanbul,” Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin, in 2009. His recent solo shows include “Gaze” at Pi Artworks Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011; “Dis-order” at Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar in 2012, “Pendulum” at C24 Gallery, New York, USA and in 2016 and‘’Gaze’’ at Aria Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Önürmen’s work has been exhibited at several international art fairs including The Armory Show and Art Dubai in 2012, PULSE New York, in 2013 and Volta NY in 2017.

The artist’s works are in numerous private and public collections including Istanbul Modern Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, Leon Black Collection, United States.

Address:                                                                                                                                 Galata Rum Okulu, Kemeraltı Cad. No 25, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey                                                
Visiting Days and Hours:
Tue - Fri : 11:00 - 18:00
Sat- Sun: 11:00 - 19:00
 

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