CI Dialogues, Contemporary Istanbul's talk programme is titled "The Other Art, Alternatives, Choices, Options". Session 4 features C24 Artist Katja Loher, "Art is transforming itself and being transformed by all means, everywhere... The new social and political formations and shaped by the globalization and the new technological moves shape art anew. We are facing not only new ways of production but also the new ways of consumption is a matter of fact. The clash between the new and conventio...
The Heritage of Turkish Art brings together a diverse and exciting cross-section of modern artists who work in a wide range of mediums and who represent the best of Turkish tradition.
British artist Robert Montgomery places his light installations in one of the most important squares in Belgian history and invites the viewer to question the significance of our national monuments. His poetic sculptures or sculpted poems delicately explore themes like the city, nature, dreams, freedom and trees, opening up the doors of new interpretation to us
“Nature’s Toolbox” brings together works by artists who explore biodiversity’s many facets. Some grapple with the ways our everyday activities are linked to loss of species and biodiversity. Others examine how biodiversity contributes to the quality of our lives, or probe the potential of nature’s amazing blueprints to build a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. At its core, “Nature’s Toolbox” is a celebration of biodiversity, creativity, and ingenuity.
A playful meditation on time, permanence, and possession, “Material Universe” was created by artist Katja Loher in collaboration with Geoff Sobelle. The piece responds to Sobelle's 2014 Next Wave Festival performance, The Object Lesson, which contemplates the familiar and unfamiliar nature of the objects we unpack.
A recurring annual event, the Ephemeral exhibition series considers a specific conceptual facet of the temporary and fleeting each year. For the 2014 show, artists will examine how historical narratives change when told from the vantage point of other, often overlooked perspectives. Participating artists include Kara Walker, William Kentridge, Duke Riley, Lynne Allen, Ken Gonzales-Day, Skylar Fein, Sarah Peters, Patricia Olynyk, Maureen Cummins and Monica Chulewicz.
As if New York isn't already overrun by tourists, tons of exciting art exhibitions just opened across the city this month that are sure to draw crowds. Many of the upcoming shows either see artists creating larger than life pieces or works that embody mind blowing ideas. At Marianne Boesky Gallery, for instance, Roxy Paine just unveiled his room-sized Checkpoint installation, an interpretation of an airport security stop. Over at Leila Heller Gallery, Rachel Lee Hovnanian is exhibiting three ...
Last week C24 Gallery inaugurated YELL-O, an exhibition featuring works by J. Mikal Davis, Nick Gentry, Adele Mills and Ekaterina Panikanova. The common ground sustaining the juxtaposition of these four artists was offered by a similar approach to the material. All of them underwent a reinterpretation of the medium and, while it obviously produced different outcomes, they were all able to communicate a strong aesthetic sense and an innovative vision.
At “Bang Bang,” artist Katja Loher’s first solo show in New York, one can journey through elaborate video installations, and find themselves in a universe where pills suffice as food supplies, bees buzz on hanging balloons, and an androgynous, dancing alphabet poses challenging questions on hope and humanity. Housed inside Chelsea’s C24 Gallery, each video sculpture functions as its own planet, projecting a birds-eye view of choreographed performance art, insects, and ecology.
Did you know that butterflies are nearsighted, or that they taste with their feet? These are but a few interesting facts one can discover at "Bang Bang," Swiss artist Katja Loher's first solo show in New York.
Swiss artist Katja Loher’s premier solo exhibition in New York City at c24 gallery, looks like the beginning of the universe. Small circular bubbles crowd the gallery walls while larger spheres, which the artist calls planets, are suspended from the ceiling. Each planetoid contains its own tiny world in the form of a video that mixes colorful costumes with choreography and surreal digital backdrops. It’s fitting, then, that the show is called Bang Bang.
BANG BANG expands upon the artist’s exploration into the delicate relationship we have with our ecological environment. By using physical objects, such as her signature hand-blown glass bubbles and hanging balloons, Loher creates idealized, artificial worlds that sit in harmony with our own, often unpleasant, reality. The exhibition presents a series based on the artist’s idea of the future of food after the Earth’s pollinators are extinct.
Turkish artist Ali Kazma speaks out against the censorship of social media by the country’s government after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan swept to victory in elections in late March.
Video artist Ali Kazma, who represented the country at the 2013 Venice Biennale, has published an online protest statement titled “Something Rotten in the Republic of Turkey.”
İrfan Önürmen plumbs the intricacies of existence with a postmodern process-oriented painting strategy that fuses a cartoon drawing aesthetic, tulle collage, and cubist planar construction; effectively obscuring formal classification and raising more questions than it answers.
İrfan Önürmen's solo exhibition featured in the Turkish Daily Newspaper Cumhuriyet.
Swiss artist Katja Loher has propelled the next generation of video art forward in a highly accessible and tantalizing way. Video art traditionally has been enslaved by bulky technology and the screen/projector format. However, Loher’s work is liberated from the constraints of technological paraphernalia and a flat screen format.
Fein’s reproductions of surprising and altered artifacts highlight the difficulty we have in truly understanding the past. There are facts that we can know about history, but our understanding of it is always impacted by our own assumptions and the limitations we place on our investigations of it.
Fein’s art often probes forgotten or little-known moments of LGBTQ history, and his best-known piece, “Remembering the UpStairs Lounge” (2008), recreated an infamous gay bar in New Orleans’s French Quarter that burned down under mysterious circumstances on June 24, 1973. Both the bar and Lincoln’s former bedroom are flash points in the historical record with obvious queer dimensions but no clear answers. Fein’s interest seems lodged in that ambiguity.
The monumental work of Belgian artist Johan Van Mullem evokes comparisons that might flatter and intimidate most artists to the point of discomfort. Van Mullem's work deals almost exclusively with introspective psychological portraits that touch on science and technology, light and dark, youth and decay, our unfathomable origins and the endless possibilities for our future. Interview with KURT MCVEY and the artist.
Ali Kazma talks about using video as a tool for exploring authentic experience By Firat Arapoglu
Montgomery's art has graced the cityscapes of Paris, Berlin, and London, where he is based. His first solo exhibition in New York opened last week at C24 Gallery, comprising the largest collection of his works gathered together to date. By RACHEL SMALL Photography KATE OWEN
The artist, who has become famous for his use of text-art installations, is the subject of a sweeping new exhibition in New York this month. He talks to Amelia Martyn-Hemphill.
The 2013 September issue of ARTINFO's Modern Painters Magazine includes Skylar Fein at C24 Gallery in their list of 100 Best Fall Shows.
ARTINFO's Modern Painters Magazine features the 500 Best Galleries Worldwide, including C24 Gallery.
Vogue highlights C24 Gallery's upcoming show, EXTRAVAGANT FEATURES, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, in their must see shows of May 2013 in New York City.
Ali Kazma will present a new video series under the title "Resistance" at the Pavilion of Turkey, the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia , curated by Emre Baykal.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery presents Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city, a major showcase of international contemporary artwork jointly collected by BMAG and the New Art Gallery, Walsall and developed in partnership with Ikon Gallery, as part of the £1 million Art Fund International Prize.
Robert Montgomery is participating in the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, with his word installation in LED light, The Strange New Music of the Crying Songs..., 2012, at Aspinwall House, on view through March 13, 2013. Frieze Magazine covers India's first biennale as an "ambitious, artist-led endeavour."
Curated by Monia Trombetta, MAXXI Arte presents the exhibition Mirabilia Urbis featuring Grazia Toderi's work involving the city of Rome. The city itself plays a leading role in her three works with three different visions showcasing geometric shapes of the streets, buildings, and piazzas. The result, a profound and refreshing portrait of the "eternal city."
C24 Gallery partner Emre Kurttepeli and artist Ali Kazma were recently interviewed for the October 2012 Flash Art magazine article, "The Rise of Turkey," a survey on the burgeoning Turkish art scene.
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Ali Kazma will represent Turkey at the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2013. Having received 2010 Nam June Paik Award from the Art Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia and 2001 UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts and participated to the Istanbul Biennial in 2011, 2007 and 2011, Ali Kazma will realise a new project for the Pavilion of Turkey. The Pavilion of Turkey in Venice Biennale, coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will be cura...
From June 8 to September 21, 2012 Skylar Fein's Husker Dü, 2009 will be part of group exhibition entitled The Sight of Sound at Deutsche Bank's 60 Wall Gallery in New York. The exhibition also features works by John Cage, Hanne Darboven, David Ellis, Jennie C. Jones, Jorge Macchi, Christian Marclay, Jack Pierson, Gerhard Richter, Ted Riederer, Eduardo Santiere, and Xaviera Simmons. Deutsche Bank Art Works
According to the first statements by the curatorial team, composed of Luis Pérez-Oramas, as chief curator, André Severo and Tobi Maier, as associated curators, and Isabela Villanueva, as assistant curator, the next edition of the São Paulo Biennial will focus on "the multiplicity, transitionality, recurrence, and permanent mutability of the artistic poetics: their aesthetic and political topology, their survival, alterations, their diverse forms of eloquence and derivations; retours, reverses...
After Obstructions, the artist’s first personal show with Francesca Minini, Ali Kazma is presenting INTIMACY, his second show at the gallery in which he is showing three video works: Taxidermist, Cuisine and Absence. The first two are a part of the Obstructions series, which consists of 15 videos with which Ali Kazma documents various human activities linked to the production, creation, maintenance and repair of things by investigating the condition of man’s work,...
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s popular Black Box series has brought a diverse range of international film and video works to Washington for more than five years. This season Black Box features the first U.S. exhibition of the work of Ali Kazma (Turkish, b. Istanbul, 1971), who is fascinated by the process of work, from the transfixing repetitive flow of automated mass manufacturing to the unique intricacies of artisanal hand labor. His artworks have studied subjects...
In the neon pink zine-catalogue produced for this group show, curator Amy Smith-Stewart describes a heightened cultural hostility to women’s bodies fostered by contemporary mass media that traffic in “unattainable avatars” of femininity. Celebrity culture, reality television, and social networking are her particular culprits, and with “Campaign” she rallies against their imagemaking monopoly. But if the artists don’t present an alternative propaganda front, as the exhibition’s tongue-in-cheek...
For the run of his exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ali Kazma has transformed the museum's Black Box theater into a shrine to repetitive-stress injury. The Turkish artist's bizarrely mesmerizing video installation -- which plays in a continuous loop on seven screens -- features footage of a notary public rubber-stamping stacks of documents at a pace so superhuman it will make your carpal tunnel ache. Called O.K., Kazma's multi-channel work documents a simple i...
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s popular Black Box series has brought a diverse range of international film and video works to Washington for more than five years. This season Black Box features the first U.S. exhibition of the work of Ali Kazma (Turkish, b. Istanbul, 1971), who is fascinated by the process of work, from the transfixing repetitive flow o...
The video artist is a poetic documentarian obsessed with production processes. For the 2009 video Obstructions/Casa di Moda, Kazma tracked a piece of clothing from its genesis in a factory to its sensuous debut on the catwalk. Clerk, 2011, presents shots of a bureaucrat's hands as he flips through and stamps official papers at an unbelievable high speed. Kazma's editing is exquisite - including a liberal use of detailed close-ups - but it's his deft handling of audio that's p...
This large show of young artists from two international port cities was put together by Dan Cameron, curator of both the 2003 Istanbul Biennial and the Prospect.2 Biennial, which opens on Saturday in New Orleans. His mix here seems less concerned with thematic coherence than with highlighting work he finds interesting, like Bruce Davenport Jr.’s annotated drawings of New Orleans marching bands, and Ali Kazma’s videos of office workers turned into machines. It’s especially good to see a conce...
A single work by Istanbul native Ali Kazma (b. 1971) is now on view in both Istanbul and New York. The short seven-channel video O.K. (2010), displayed on small wall-hung flat screens, is included in the Istanbul Biennial, in the group exhibition "Untitled (History)," and in "Double Crescent," an exhibition curated by Dan Cameron at the new Chelsea gallery, C24. The piece shows the hands of an Istanbul notary public stamping papers at astonishing speeds, such that the accumulated sound...