07.06.–27.07.2013 Opening: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 7 p.m.
Galerie Martin Janda is showing new works by Nilbar Güreº from June 7 to July 23, 2013. Born in Turkey, Güreº now lives in Istanbul, New York and Vienna and works with various media – collages, drawings, objects, photography, video and performance.
Nilbar Güreº offers her observers seemingly direct access that takes on varyingly playful, poetic or even ironic characteristics. However, hidden in the background are social-political constructs that can coalesce to depict individual destinies. In her large-format photographs, Güreº investigates, for example, the meaning of homosexual love in a society dominated by patriarchal structures (Ayse loves Fatma, 2011), or the narrowly apportioned, clearly defined societal framework for women (Overhead, 2010), and focuses on gender and cultural identities. Seemingly every day events are staged to resemble cinematic stills. The use of provocative gestures and their significance only becomes apparent when the cultural background is revealed.
Nilbar Güreº transfers her questioning approach toward identity and traditional gender roles to the medium of collage using an expanded range of formal tools. In her delicate collages she brings together a number of techniques, such as drawing, embroidery, appliqué and painting, on a background of large-sized, dark-coloured fabric. The scenes depicted, however, offer up less of a narration than her photography; instead, she treats figures and objects like moveable pieces of scenery. It is only when the observer follows the individual depictions and scenes that a thematically cohesive narrative emerges encompassing not only broader social-political issues, but also the problems associated with specific, precarious artistic production.
Nilbar Güreº, born in Instanbul, Turkey, in 1977, lives and works in Vienna, Istanbul and New York. She studied painting in Istanbul and painting and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Solo exhibitions (selection): Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2011); Institute of International Visual Arts, London (2010/2011); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2009) Group exhibitions (selection): Palais de Tokyo, Paris; National Museum of Contemporary Art Lisbon; Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna (2013); 6th Berlin Biennale (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennale (2009)If you need images in print quality, please contact the gallery.
Galerie Martin Janda Eschenbachgasse 11 A-1010 Vienna T +43 1 5857371 F +43 1 5857372 firstname.lastname@example.org www.martinjanda.at Opening hours: Tue–Fri 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
"I use light as a material to work the medium of perception, basically the work really has no object because perception is the object. And there is no image because I am not interested in associative thought."
- James Turrell
PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, London presents RUTH CLAXTON - Specular Spectacular
7 June - 6 July 2013
Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery.
Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself.
Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
Icelandic nature is prominent in Eliasson's work, and his artistic relationship with it often involves collection or documentation that is scientific in tone. The country becomes a sensory laboratory where ideas can be developed and evolved into art, as evidenced in the multiple photographic series that would seem to witness a near compulsive need for collecting.