Barcelona based Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d'Art is pleased to announce the exhibition “Green Flower Street” curated by Ariel Roger-París. The show will preview on Thursday, September 12th during the opening week of the 13th Istanbul Biennial and continue until November 12th 2013.
As a tribute to Donald Fagen’s song of the same name Green Flower Street, the exhibition hosts a series of works that when first viewed, might not seem to contain a coherent language. However when confronted further closely, a political connotation can be identified which tends to demonstrate that the world today is fragile with internal fractures. This approach directs the viewer to two distinct patterns; on one side the fragility of the world we live with all the political, humanistic, social and environmental aspects and on the other; a paradoxical regard of how it doesn’t collapse - as if in spite of all the problems and challenges. The world is always in balance even if it seems precarious.
The exhibition represents a group of artists from different generations who embrace a range of interests and techniques, from digital technology to painting, from photography to sculpture and video installation.
Daniel Lergon’s painting has explored the dialogue between light and materials since he began his training at Universität der Künste (UdK) in Berlin with professor Lothar Baumgarten. Lergon’s pieces unfold a unique pictorial quality that develops from the research of the interaction between light and surfaces, which brings colour to life. In his work, Lergon combines certain scientific subtexts and optical backgrounds with an enigmatic language of painting. The result is unclassifiable and oscillates between these dualities, a trait that characterizes his artistic production.
Inspired by the Arab spring the large-scale installation “Liberty House” of Pietro Ruffo investigates ways to expand the space we occupy. Ruffo’s practice reflects his intense social and moral concerns, as well as his stance on specific ethical issues. On the walls inside the house, the artist draws, with great skill, a forest in which the viewer is immersed. On one of its walls, reads a thought of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran from his poem titled “Freedom” - "And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed." The entire house is submerged with Gibran’s poem.
Everyday objects of Nathaniel Robinson remain fixed as if abandoned for centuries in a state of fossilization after the immigration of an entire community. Distinctions between knowledge and perception and inside and outside are some of the basics that amusingly manage the resonance of these works. The inter-relatedness of the objects and installations along with their juxtaposition of such things as; scale, status, context and meaning, encourage an understanding of identity as mutable rather than fixed.
The world as reflected in the exhibition, with its constant flow of destabilizing factors, becomes increasingly fragile and difficult to manage - it bends but does not break.
Artists: MARK ALEXANDER, McARTHUR BINION, JULIA DAULT, ANNA FRANCESCHINI, KIM HIORTHØY, MARI ITO, PETER LAPSLEY, DANIEL LERGON, NATHANIEL ROBINSON, GIACOMO SANTIAGO ROGADO, PIETRO RUFFO, ROWAN SMITH, MORGANE TSCHIEMBER, REBECCA TURNER, ALEX VERHAEST, AIDS 3D.
Preview: Thursday, 12 September 2013, 18:00 - 21:00
Place: Atelier by Ismail Acar, Lüleci Hendek Cad. No.50 Galata, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
General Viewing: 13 September - 12 November
Opening hours: 11:00 - 19:00