Contemporary Istanbul 2018
Sep
20
to Sep 23

Contemporary Istanbul 2018

C24 Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Contemporary Istanbul 2018. On view will be work from artists Seçkin Pirim, Irfan Onurmen, Nilbar Güreş and Tommy Hartung.

Contemporary Istanbul will take place between 20-23 September 2018 at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). The 13th edition of the fair will include artworks from both established and emerging galleries, bringing a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in Istanbul.

Notable for its unique position both geographically and culturally, Contemporary Istanbul prides itself on bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from Turkey, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, Russia and the Middle East, as well as from Europe, America and Asia. 

For more information, please visit the Contemporary Istanbul website, linked here.

 

Seçkin Pirim (Istanbul, Turkey) builds conceptual sculptures that explore form, color, and pattern. Working in a variety of media, his artworks examine the relationship between object and space, the dichotomy between nature and culture, and the line between art and design. His sculptures are neo-minimalist forms of expression as well as contemporary strategies of art and design that create an aesthetic which neglects social connotation.

Irfan Önürmen’s (Istanbul, Turkey) work reveals the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of contemporary media. The artist addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting, and sculpture. With a unique aesthetic approach comprised of layering tulle and textile materials, Önürmen creates a mysterious tone in each work that explores the concepts of vulnerability, transparency, fragmentation and depth, in the pursuit of harmony and dissonance.

Nilbar Güreş (Veinna, Austria /Istanbul, Turkey) utilizes a performative approach to explpre the notions of gender, identity, culture and oppression through the use of photography, collage, drawing, painting and video. Based on long-term research and cultural observation, Güreş creates staged theatrical narratives that are often humorous in their examination of relationship, and representation, with strong critical/political undertones.

Tommy Hartung employs photography, sculpture and video, to address topics such as the Bible and the history of colonialism—with a surrealist DIY aesthetic, through stream of consciousness storytelling. The imagery he creates mirrors a globalized world steeped in obsession, violence and sympathetic magic. His use of multiple media, addresses the themes of modernism, and forms hybrids of classical characters and nuanced allegory.

C24 Gallery was established in 2011 in Chelsea, New York, and is committed to showcasing contemporary art with an emphasis on a plural program exhibiting established artists. C24 Gallery artists regularly participate in museum exhibitions and biennials and are included in leading institutional collections worldwide.

In addition to an ambitious exhibition program, which includes collaborations with renowned curators, C24 Gallery regularly hosts artist talks and lectures, and produces catalogues and artist books. Each year the gallery participates in major art fairs all around the world.

 

Visitor Information

19 September 2018 / Preview (by invitation only)
20-23 September 2018 / Public Visit (open to everyone)

Visiting days and hours

20-21 September 2018 - 12:00 - 20:00

22 September 2018 - 11:00 - 20:00

23 September 2018 - 11:00 - 19:00

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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 a solo exhibition by artist Katja Loher marking her third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition 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. Katja Loher embeds her colorful videos in hand-blown glass sculptures, nests and tables. Creating Videoplanets, Videoportals and Miniverses the artist deconstructs the traditional rectangular format of video. Combining nature and technology in a collaborative process, her creations urge the viewer to consider the complex relationship between humans and nature.

In Loher’s videos, choreographed movement of magical beings create hypnotic mind and eye-bending mandalas that explore the elements: Air, Water, Fire, Earth, and Love. The viewer discovers dancers in fantastic costumes that reveal the secret lives of flora and fauna. The creatures of her videos act in harmony to evoke awareness of nature’s beauty and fragility. Unique scent combinations accompany each element, engendering subtle yet powerful scentscape that compliment Loher’s fully immersive, sensorial experience.

The exhibition will be on view September 6 - October 27, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday September 6 from 6 – 8 pm.

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Seattle Art Fair
Aug
2
to Aug 5

Seattle Art Fair

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Nilbar Güreş, Tommy Hartung, Dil Hildebrand, Katja Loher, Seçkin Pirim, İrfan Önürmen, Regina Scully, Brian Tolle and Christian Vincent at this year’s edition of the Seattle Art Fair.

The Seattle Art Fair features the best in modern and contemporary art for the Pacific Northwest community. Artwork from galleries, museums and institutions around the world all are brought together in the beautiful, cultured city of Seattle. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fair is produced by Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions.

Nilbar Güreş (Veinna, Austria /Istanbul, Turkey) utilizes a performative approach to explpre the notions of gender, identity, culture and oppression through the use of photography, collage, drawing, painting and video. Based on long-term research and cultural observation, Güreş creates staged theatrical narratives that are often humorous in their examination of relationship, and representation, with strong critical/political undertones.

Tommy Hartung employs photography, sculpture and video, to address topics such as the Bible and the history of colonialism—with a surrealist DIY aesthetic, through stream of consciousness storytelling. The imagery he creates mirrors a globalized world steeped in obsession, violence and sympathetic magic. His use of multiple media, addresses the themes of modernism, and forms hybrids of classical characters and nuanced allegory.

Dil Hildebrand's work focuses on spatial concepts of design, the construction of image, and the mechanics of representation in art. His work is informed and influenced by a diversity of references and methods, including modernist strategies of fragmentation and re-composition, pictorial tropes of Western art and theatre, and post – modernist architecture. Layered panels follow a consistent color palette throughout the work, playing with distortion, and depth of field. 

Katja Loher (New York, NY) Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Katja Loher is a leader among the next generation of video artists. Loher deconstructs the traditional video formats, liberating fantastical environments from the rectangular constraints allowing them to live beyond the canons of bulky technology. Videos embedded in sculpture invite the viewer to enter whimsical “miniverses” which are entirely scripted, choreographed and filmed by Loher. Her original “video alphabet” engages its audience by asking questions addressing ecological urgencies.

Irfan Önürmen’s (Istanbul, Turkey) work reveals the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of contemporary media. The artist addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting, and sculpture. With a unique aesthetic approach comprised of layering tulle and textile materials, Önürmen creates a mysterious tone in each work that explores the concepts of vulnerability, transparency, fragmentation and depth, in the pursuit of harmony and dissonance.

Seçkin Pirim (Istanbul, Turkey) builds conceptual sculptures that explore form, color, and pattern. Working in a variety of media, his artworks examine the relationship between object and space, the dichotomy between nature and culture, and the line between art and design. His sculptures are neo-minimalist forms of expression as well as contemporary strategies of art and design that create an aesthetic which neglects social connotation.

Regina Scully (New Orleans, LA) creates micro-universes that resonate between the familiar and the unknown. Her mindscapes incorporate different perspectives of space, and suggestive fragments of objects and phenomena. Her paintings and works on paper become personalized dreamscapes for the viewer, with enveloping, rhythmic labyrinths to enter and travel through, wherein the viewer experiences thoughts and visions through association and memory.

Christian Vincent (Santa Monica, CA) creates dream-like paintings that explore the dynamics of conformity and desire in social situations within the framework of a post-industrial world. His strong compositions feel melancholic and evoke a sense of isolation. The subjects are often youthful figures on the verge of adulthood that capture a sense of innocence confronted with the compromises of modern life.

C24 Gallery was established in 2011 in Chelsea, New York, and is committed to showcasing contemporary art with an emphasis on a plural program exhibiting established artists. C24 Gallery artists regularly participate in museum exhibitions and biennials and are included in leading institutional collections worldwide.

In addition to an ambitious exhibition program, which includes collaborations with renowned curators, C24 Gallery regularly hosts artist talks and lectures, and produces catalogues and artist books. Each year the gallery participates in major art fairs all around the world.

August 3 - 6, 2017 | CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle

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Collectors Preview:

Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Opening Night Preview:

Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fair Hours:

Friday, August 3, 2018 11:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday, August 4, 2018 11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday, August 5, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm

 

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ART ON PAPER 2018
Mar
8
to Mar 11

ART ON PAPER 2018

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Nilbar Güreş, Seçkin Pirim and Regina Scully at Art on Paper, 2018. 

Utilizing a performative approach, Austrian/Turkish artist Nilbar Güreş explores the notions of gender, identity, culture and oppression through the use of photography, collage, drawing, painting and video. Based on long-term research and cultural observation, she creates staged theatrical narratives that are often humorous in their examination of relationship, and representation, with strong critical/political undertones.

Working in a variety of media, Turkish artist Seçkin Pirim's artworks examine the relationship between object and space, the dichotomy between nature and culture, and the line between art and design. His works are neo - minimalist forms of expression as well as contemporary strategies of art and design.  They create an aesthetic that neglects social connotation and is able to form a post-futurist, post-constructivist and post-minimal vision of our world.

New Orleans-based painter, Regina Scully, creates micro-universes that resonate between the familiar and the unknown. Her Mindscapes incorporate different perspectives of space, and suggestive fragments of objects and phenomena. Her paintings and works on paper become personalized dreamscapes for the viewer, with enveloping, rhythmic labyrinths to enter and travel through, wherein the viewer experiences thoughts and visions through association and memory.

LOCATION: 99 South Street - Pier 36, Downtown Manhattan

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DATES:  March 8 - 11, 2018

PREVIEW: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

PUBLIC FAIR HOURS

Friday, March 9, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, March 10, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, March 11, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

 

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VOLTA NY 2018
Mar
7
to Mar 11

VOLTA NY 2018

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Tommy Hartung at Volta NY 2018. On view will be: R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), a series of new, interactive video installations based on Karel Kapek's 1920 science fiction play in which the term "robot" was first used. The play explores the speed of technological progress and the uncertainties and dehumanization that occurs as a result of  the robotization of human interactions. In Hartung's adaptation, the original play is re-written through photographs, costumes and interactive videos that pose the question: Why do men want to create robots that look human?

Tommy Hartung’s works analyze the creation and dissemination of cultural narratives by fragmenting and deconstructing his source material. Through the montages of stop motion animation and found footage, Hartung uses the themes of modernism as his subject matter.  His sculptures, the subjects of his videos, are assembled through scavenged material to form hybrids of classical characters and nuanced allegory. His work addresses colonial expansion, exploration, evolution, conquest, and innovation.

VOLTA NY is a contemporary art fair comprised of solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, VOLTA NY has since its 2008 debut operated as a beacon for creative discovery and social engagement during Armory Arts Week.

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PIER 90, 711 12TH AVENUE (AT WEST 50TH STREET), NEW YORK, NY 10019

MARCH 7–11, 2018

PREVIEW: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

GUEST OF HONOR + PRESS PREVIEW 4 – 6 pm

VIP + PUBLIC VERNISSAGE 6 – 9 pm

PUBLIC HOURS:

THURSDAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 8 – 10 12 – 8 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 12 – 5 pm

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Art Miami 2017
Dec
5
to Dec 10

Art Miami 2017

 C24 Gallery is pleased to present the works of Ernesto Caivano, Mike Dargas, Carole Feuerman, Nick Gentry, Dil Hildebrand, Katja Loher, Irfan Önürmen, Seçkin Pirim, Regina Scully, Brian Tolle and Christian Vincent at the 28th edition of Art Miami 2017. Art Miami is an international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the newly opened Miami Herald Plaza. Art Miami will take place December 5 - December 10th from 11am - 8pm, daily. 

Ernesto CaivanoErnesto Caivano’s meticulously detailed ink drawings depict an ambitious narrative based on lovers’ courtship, separation, retribution and eventual evolution. Varying in format and scale from scroll-like panoramas to small detailed studies, Caivano’s drawing portray a timeless tale of Polygon and Versus, who were torn apart upon the consummation of their union and transported into the woods, signifying an alternate reality and universe. 

Mike Dargas Inspired by Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga, Dargas explores themes of reality and the surreal in his hyperrealistic oil paintings and charcoal drawings. His quest for perfection results in works that read like photographs, snapshots of mental states. His subjects appear conflicted, lost in thought, or even sublimely calm. Dargas challenges both himself and the viewer to take a deeper look at  the subject, in order to question human nature and emotional perception. 

Carole Feuerman’s is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Her sculptures create visual manifestations of the stories she wants to tell of strength, survival, balance.  By combining conventional sculptural materials of steel, bronze, and resin, with more unconventional media like water, sound, and video, she creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology. 

Nick Gentry uses obsolete technologies like 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints, and floppy discs, to create his unique portraits. His work comments on the rapidity and scope of contemporary technological shifts. These materials, sourced directly from individuals all over the world, come together—in one form—to suggest a compound of shared experiences. 

Dil Hildebrand's work focuses on spatial concepts of design, the construction of image, and the mechanics of representation in art. His work is informed and influenced by a diversity of references and methods, including modernist strategies of fragmentation and re-composition, pictorial tropes of Western art and theatre, and post – modernist architecture. Layered panels follow a consistent color palette throughout the work, playing with distortion, and depth of field. 

 Katja Loher's video sculptures are explorations into the delicate relationship we have with our ecological environment. She creates idealized, artificial worlds that sit in harmony with our own, often unpleasant, reality, urging the viewer to consider the ecological concerns of our time.  Loher’s carefully choreographed videos are encased and mounted to the wall, allowing visitors an intimate experience as they peer into the the glass orbs, and into Loher's imaginative worlds.

Irfan Önürmen's artwork reveals the relationship 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 of contemporary media. Önürmen addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting and sculpture. 

Seçkin Pirim explores form, color, and pattern in his conceptual sculptures. Working in a variety of media, his artwork  examines the relationship between object and space, the dichotomy between nature and culture, and the line between art and design. His sculptures are neo-minimalist forms of expression as well as contemporary strategies of art and design. They create an aesthetic that neglects social connotation and is able to form a post-futurist, post-constructivist and post-minimal vision of our world. 

Regina Scully creates micro-universes that resonate between the familiar and the unknown. Her mindscapes incorporate different perspectives of space, and suggestive fragments of objects and phenomena. Her paintings and works on paper become personalized dreamscapes for the viewer, with enveloping, rhythmic labyrinths to enter and travel through, wherein the viewer experiences thoughts and visions through association and memory.

Christian Vincent explores the dynamics of conformity and desire in social situations within the framework of a post-industrial world in his dream-like paintings. His strong compositions feel melancholic and evoke a sense of isolation. The subjects are often youthful figures on the verge of adulthood, that capture a sense of innocence confronted with the compromises of modern life. 

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The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14TH STREET
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

VIP PREVIEW:

Tuesday, December 5, 5:30pm - 10pm (passes required)

GENERAL ADMISSION:

Wednesday, December 6, 11am - 8pm

Thursday, December 7, 11am - 8pm

Friday, December 8, 11am - 8pm

Saturday, December 9, 11am - 8pm

Sunday, December 10, 11am - 6pm

For more information please contact the gallery or visit www.artmiamifair.com

 

 

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ART NEW YORK 2016
May
3
to May 8

ART NEW YORK 2016

C24 Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Art New York, presented by Art Miami.  For the second annual installment of the international, contemporary- modern art fair, C24 Gallery will present the works of Mike Dargas, Carole Feuerman, Nick Gentry, Dil Hildebrand, Katja Loher, İrfan ÖnürmenSeçkin Pirim, and Christian Vincent.

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VOLTA NEW YORK ART FAIR 2014
Mar
6
to Mar 9

VOLTA NEW YORK ART FAIR 2014

allery is pleased to present works by gallery artist Katja Loher at VOLTA NY 2014, on view from March 6-9, 2014. Katja Loher will present a new body of work featuring her signature video sculptures incorporating performance art, dance, human activity, nature and technology through unconventional presentations.

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VOLTA NY
Mar
7
to Mar 10

VOLTA NY

C24 Gallery is pleased to present works by gallery artist Regina Scully at VOLTA NY 2013, on view from March 7-10, 2013. Regina Scully will participate in the panel discussion On Abstraction with William Bradley, Kadar Brock and Christine Frerichs, on March 7th at 4:30pm, as part of VOLTA NY’s Talks Lounge.

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PULSE MIAMI FAIR 2012
Dec
6
to Dec 9

PULSE MIAMI FAIR 2012

In the work of New York based artist Charles Lutz, he mines the imagery and data from sources diverse as mass media and advertising to ephemera from the world of contemporary art and auctions, exploring the human experience and our value structures full spectrum.

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İRFAN ÖNÜRMEN
May
4
to Jun 30

İRFAN ÖNÜRMEN

Opening reception: Friday, May 4th, 6 - 8 PM

New York, April 12, 2012—C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in North America by İrfan Önürmen. The exhibition will present a selection of works produced since 2004, comprised of collages, paintings and stacked newspaper sculptures; all addressing the impact of the media on human experience and its visual representation.

In a variety of forms, Önürmen unveils the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of the contemporary media. With a visual language founded in broadcast and other public channels of information, the artist deconstructs the aesthetics to expose the disparity between reality and representation. In the series Crime Watching Önürmen turns to Turkish television and reveals the communicative pollution embedded within mainstream media in a group of monochromatic figurative paintings. In the Gaze Series, the artist depicts familiar looking figures whose identities are fictional inventions, inspired by characters found on the internet. Made from layers of tulle, these works form softly colored portraits that refer to the composition of pixels through the material’s texture. Önürmen’s Gaze Series combines various elements from different visual sources to create personalities that appear familiar only through their persistent presence in our collective unconscious.

In his relief series titled Panic, Önürmen addresses the visual excess of contemporary culture with large stacked newspaper sculptures. Using newspaper as material and content, Önürmen carves a landscape of images and erased texts that suggest the inflection of media driven anxiety upon the public.

The works in the exhibition at C24 Gallery occupy the interstitial space of the practical realm and a utopia exaggerating the readymade reality found in newspapers and other public media. Önürmen edits and embellishes these outlets through his practice to address the contradictions of contemporary social constructs.

About İrfan Önürmen
İrfan Önürmen was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1958. His work has been shown extensively throughout Turkey, and in Europe including solo exhibitions at Pi Artworks, Istanbul; The Göruntü Art Gallery, Adana; Siyaz Art Gallery, Bursa and many others. Önürmen's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as the Museo Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Polignano a Mare, Italy; Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo, Turkey; Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Kulturdezernat der Stadt Frankfurt, Germany and others. Önürmen lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

CLICK FOR LINK TO ARTIST'S PAGE

 

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ERIC HIBIT
Mar
10
to Apr 1

ERIC HIBIT

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Jewel Box Comedy, an exhibition of works by Eric Hibit. This exhibition inaugurates the upstairs gallery as a project space for emerging artists, with its own exhibition schedule within the C24 Gallery program.

In his work, Eric Hibit juggles imagery and abstraction, collage and illusion, sculpture and painting, gesture and detail. The result is a cohesive diversity; a set of objects that contrast and converse within the logic of artistic sensibility. The notion of juggling certainly matches the artist’s theatrical aesthetic. Bold color contrast, metallics, patterned fabric, and embellishments such as feathers and yarn are utilized without restraint in this work. Mr. Hibit continues to draw upon his tongue-in-cheek declaration, made in a 2010 exhibition press release, that he had founded a new breed of art known as “New American Folk Baroque”. However comic, the phrase articulates the artist’s adventure: in locating the elusive territory between Baroque and the handmade.

Eric Hibit holds a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, and Gallery Satori in New York. He has exhibited internationally in Giverny France. His work has been show at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, and his last solo exhibition, entitledPicture Cohesion, was held at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC. His work was selected for the 2012 WPA/Corcoran Select Auction by Corcoran Museum curatorSarah Newman. Most recently his work was included in TOPS, a group show at Open Space in Long Island City, curated by Sun You, as part of President Clinton Projects. Mr. Hibit is adjunct faculty at New York University. He lives and works in New York.

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KALEIDOSCOPE
Mar
10
to Apr 21

KALEIDOSCOPE

with: Shannon Finley, Grazia Toderi, Canan Tolon, Rob Voerman

Opening reception: Saturday, March 10, 6-8 PM

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Kaleidoscope, a group exhibition curated by C24 Gallery Executive Director, Kristen Lynn Johnston. The gallery’s fourth exhibition includes the work of four international artists: Shannon Finley (CA), Grazia Toderi (IT), Canan Tolon (TR), and Rob Voerman (NL). The exhibition will be on view through April 21, 2012. There will be an opening reception on March 10, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Kaleidoscope incorporates a range of media, from abstract paintings to large-scale installations, by artists whose work is characterized by the common thread of consistent changes in the capacities of human perception. Shannon Finley supplies the geometric tropes for Kaleidoscope as he explores light, depth, and form with maturity. His paintings are seemingly abstract, however Finley takes a referential approach to his medium. Grazia Toderi has created a new two-channel video installation and a series of drawings for Kaleidoscope. The projection is similar to a kaleidoscopic instrument—the two projections turn round in opposite directions, one on the right and one on the left, appearing similar but always different. The video draws from a collection of aerial views of different cities, inventing a new cartography at once nostalgic and alien, and presenting an impossible point of view. Canan Tolon’s work portrays architectural spaces in conflict, manipulating reality with refraction to manifest illusion. Her work reveals a vision of a problematic world often overlooked. Rob Voerman’s art depicts fictive communities that construct a simultaneous vision of utopia, destruction, and beauty. While fleeing from and reflecting on a rapidly changing society, the artist attempts to create his own world without posing any moral judgment. Voerman will produce a large site-specific work in the atrium space at C24 Gallery. In Kaleidoscope, Finley, Toderi, Tolon, and Voerman traverse the visible landscape and expand our perception.

About C24
Based in New York and founded in 2010, C24 Gallery focuses on identifying and fostering some of the best new international art talent from diverse geographies such as Turkey, India, Europe, and the Americas.

Upcoming exhibition at C24 Gallery
Irfan Önürmen, solo exhibition, May 3 through June 9, 2012

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CAMPAIGN
Jan
12
to Feb 25

CAMPAIGN

VIDEO

with: Nida Abidi, Derrick Adams, Kathe Burkhart, Katie Cercone, Deville Cohen, Georganne Deen, Jen Denike, Glen Fogel, Kate Gilmore, K8 Hardy, Kati Heck, Adam Helms, Lisa Kirk, Jill Magid, Aleksandra Mir, Shana Moulton, Laurel Nakadate, Ylva Ogland, Clifford Owens, Fay Ray, Kenya (Robinson), Mika Rottenberg, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Elif Uras, Amy Wilson

C24 Gallery is pleased to present CAMPAIGN, a group exhibition curated by Amy Smith-Stewart. The exhibition places the popular depiction of the female body in a torrent of unrestrained expression from 27 international artists. Smith-Stewart states: “We are a culture obsessed with image making. The rapidly growing and absolutely powerful rise of new media embrace the celebrity lifestyle of “making it.” Who we are and what we are have become reflections of popular thinking.”

Incorporating an array of media, CAMPAIGN goes under the surface of digitally manipulated imagery of the homogenized female in order to understand how this has become a repository for confused and misplaced notions of status, power, dominance and beauty. By showing how women’s bodies are marketed, CAMPAIGN poses questions such as: What perpetuates this hegemonic depiction of women and how do we reveal what is really underneath the super-perfect veneer?

While appropriating imagery from mainstream culture and repurposing fashionable tropes, CAMPAIGN creates alternative meanings that reveal hidden truths—exploring the stereotypes of femininity to uncover contemporary self-reflective practices. The artists show how technological advances enable the manipulation of a visual vernacular. This fuels a fixation with transformation that complicates ongoing struggles with personal identity.

About Amy Smith-Stewart
Amy Smith-Stewart is an independent curator based in New York. She is the founder of the nomadic gallery, Smith-Stewart. She was Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, New York from January 2002-December 2005 where she was also one of six curators of Greater New York 2005. Presently, she is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Fine Arts Department and the Sotheby’s Institute, New York, MA Contemporary Art program.

Performances by Kenya (Robinson), Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Shana Moulton, and Katie Cercone and The Push Pops will take place during the opening reception.

For more information about other performances during the exhibition, check our website for the schedule.

Upcoming exhibition highlights: 
Kaleidoscope: Rob Voerman, Grazia Toderi, Shannon Finley
March 10 - April 21, 2012
Irfan Önürmen, May 3rd - June 9, 201

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