İrfan Önürmen among thirty-three Turkish artists in Instanbul Modern 'In Pursuit of the Present' exhibition

"'In Pursuit of the Present' at Istanbul Modern's temporary space"

Istanbul Modern, which will continue its activities in Beyoğlu until the new museum building in Karaköy is completed, opened their temporary space with a new collection titled "In Pursuit of the Present." Istanbul Modern can be visited during Eid al-Fitr except the first day of the Eid.

In the exhibition, Istanbul Modern focuses on human conditions in today's world. The exhibition features works that explore the relationship between humans and cities, nature, and between their own selves and their physical environment in historical, social and personal contexts.

Identity, body, gender politics, construction and destruction periods, nature and human relations are examined through the works at the exhibition, created by various intersecting and interrelating thematic strands.

Thirty three artists from different regions:

In the exhibition, 42 works of 33 artists comprising of paintings, statues, installations, videos and patterns take place. They focus on the dynamics of human relationship with the physical environment. The self-searching of people who struggle with the destructive dimensions of different changes and their relationship with their subconscious are an important axis of the exhibition.

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Re-Thinking Home: ACAW’s Thinking Projects Pop Up at C24 Gallery

 by Audra Lambert

Thinking Projects Pop Up at C24 gallery can seem at first glance to be an expedition: before you, wonders of the world are arrayed in complex configurations. However, unlike expeditionary forces venturing to faraway lands these works are brought to New York audiences by artists Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjiakarta), Irfan Önürmen (Istanbul), and Sumakshi Singh (Delhi). Each artist adapts images relevant to their particular cultures, presenting their work within the context of Asia Contemporary Art Week 2017. The exhibition, on view through October 28, invites contemplation on the natural world from different angles and through the lens of mixed media. The triumphant exhibition, curated ACAW director Leeza Ahmady, makes manifest the potent links between US-based galleries and those in partner countries in Asia. This show, in particular, is produced with cooperation between Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur), Exhibit320 (New Delhi) and C24 Gallery (New York).

Singh’s work in the exhibition, in particular, Tree, subtly explores the powerful nuances of the natural environment. The lace drawing pinned on board piece is composed of sumptuous layers of thread undulating across the expanse of the composition. The white wisps clinging to the boughs whisper a wistful longing or a search for meaning subverted. The only certainty of the work lies anchored in the twisted trunk, reaching down toward the gallery floor. The sheer scale of the work invites visitors to appreciate the wonder of the natural world as re-created in organic materials.

Bamaghaj’s charcoal collages on paper, a series entitled Pessimism is Optimistic IV, documents various states of completeness and decay, a meditation on the role that dwellings and architecture play in her native Indonesia. The series of collages present various versions of utility, alternately showing solace or destruction. The intricacies embedded in these works is best appreciated with close and careful glances. Önürmen’s Diffusion presents enmeshed visions of figurative bodies and abstracted substances within a fragile yet haunting installation. Symbols of violence – a fighter pilot and a gun stand out from the melee – vie for attention with minimalist sculptures and abstract gestures. The futility of our place within the current political climate, and a rumination on the impact art history has in such fragile conditions, cannot help but spring to mind.

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İrfan Önürmen on Daily Sabah

Historic Istanbul Street alive with design, art this week

Rivaling Istanbul's hip districts of Karaköy and Bomonti, TomTom Street, which was once home to Levantines, assumes a new identity with cafes and galleries popping up daily. Now, the historic street is hosting the third edition of ‘Design at TomTom Street,' welcoming designers, artists and musicians

When seeking information about Istanbul and its neighborhoods, the first place that people certainly mention is Beyoğlu. Now, Istanbul's busiest neighborhood is in the spotlight again with "Design at TomTom Street."

TomTom Street, a promising center of creation with a rich history and expansive architecture that carries the past into the present, featuring everything from restaurants to art galleries and museums to design stores, is bringing design to the heart of Istanbul from Oct. 19-22 with "Design at TomTom Street" under the theme, "Watch Yourself."

Held twice a year, the third edition of the design festival will host 100 designers, 50 artists, 50 speakers and five different venue designs.

Organized with the initiatives of the TomTom Design Management Executive Board consisting of Hakan Kodal, Bahar Korçan, Serra Arıkök and Ayşegül Temel, the event is organized under the auspices of the Beyoğlu Municipality. Organized for the second time in May 2017 and visited by more than 20,000 visitors, the event will host three different activities on three different nights.

On the opening night, a private launch of "TomTom Designhood," which will be full of art, design and music will take place. In the next days of the event, private chat sessions and meetings under the title of "Designing Life and the Future" will be offered, featuring dance performances and different music activities for visitors. Big names including Levent Erden, Ömer Madra, Yelda İpekli, Özlem İkiışık Barutçu, Sare Palaska, Cem Talu, Hande Akın, Özlem Gürses, Şah Yaycı, Ecmel Ayral, Başak Pelister and Günseli Kato will attend various panel sessions and workshops during the event, as well. The works of more than 50 artists will be on display in the exhibition area, under the theme of "Watch Yourself," along with installations and art projects in the important buildings and landmarks of TomTom Quarter. The TomTom Red exhibition area, specially arranged for the event and curated by Bahar Korçan, will host the works of artists including İrfan Önürmen, Barış Sarıbaş, Çağla Mısırlı, Alev Gözonar, Buğra Erol, Dicle Çiftçi, Alev Araslı, Sevil Dolmacı Art Cosultancy sanatçılarından Alea Pınar Du Pre, Elif Tutka, Yusuf Aygeç, Nurdan Likos, Art On Galery Sanatçılarından Olcay Kuş, Erman Özbaşaran, Ahmet Çerkez and Olgu Ülkenciler.

In addition, the "Deco Floor," prepared for the first time earlier this year to host the exhibitions of leading decoration design brands from Turkey and around the world, will continue at the third edition of the event.

The collections of famous fashion designers including Arzu Kaptol, Mehtap Elaidi and Özgür Mansur, along with the collections of young designers, will be on display at the TomTom Trend Area, established in collaboration with the Fashion Designers' Association and with the Bahar Korçan selection.

TomTom Street is expected to host the best music in town, as well. Live music and DJ performances will offer colorful hours for visitors throughout the event. Moreover, a video and photo contest will be held and the creator of the best videos and photos describing the "Watch Yourself" theme will win a return ticket to the Milano Design Week.

On the closing night of the event, "Design Awards" will be presented by the Registered Trademarks Association and the curtain will fall, until next year, with a concert titled, "Nardis Jazz Night."

Representing Troy, the main sponsor of Design at TomTom Street, General Manager of Interbank Card Center Dr. Soner Canko noted that they are proud to be among the supporters of the Design at TomTom Street event, and endeavor to show the importance of creative ideas, new looks and unique approaches. "As one of the very few events that opens up a space for creative people, Design at TomTom Street shows us that creating and making starts with 'Watching Yourself.'"

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İrfan Önürmen: Gaze

In collaboration with C24 Gallery New York, Aria Gallery Florence presents İrfan Önürmen’s first solo exhibition ‘’Gaze’’ in Italy, between the dates 13 May - 17 June 2017.

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Irfan Önürmen Featured in Kültürlimited

İrfan Önürmen's large-scale portraits in the Gaze Series, which also allow for psychological and political readings, are sending out to the outside world and the inner world by reference to the characters and feelings that are unidentified in the community but familiar to all of us.

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İrfan Önürmen presented on Artful Living

Contemporary Turkish artist Irfan Önürmen is presented on Artful Living. The progression of his art can be identified by his use of different media to create everything from from paintings, to sculptures and installation series.  

 

 

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IRFAN ÖNÜRMEN FEATURED IN ARTSY

10 Contemporary Turkish Artists You Should Know

When you think of Turkish art, your first association might be Byzantine mosaics or the world-famous architecture of the Hagia Sophia. But obviously, there are amazing things happening in contemporary Turkish art, too, and we thought we’d highlight ten of our favorite Turkish artists

Irfan Önürmen

Önürmen explores the impact of mass media on the human psyche, in collages, paintings, and sculptures that draw from archives of images he collects from newspapers and magazines. In his “Gaze” series, the artist depicts familiar-looking faces that are composite images of figures found on the Internet

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