Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is proud to announce it's first exhibition for Turkish artist Ardan Ozmenoglu. Post-It will run from June 14 to July 28 with an artist reception on June 14 from 6 to 8pm.
Ardan Ozmenoglu is a Turkish mixed-media contemporary artist characterized by her original use of medium, design, and content. She is recognized for her distinct usage of post-it notes in an attempt to depict her everyday life living/working in Istanbul. Her technique involves adhering an array of post-it notes to her canvases as a base, topped by silk-screened vibrant imagery derived from popular culture. The result is a three-dimensional surface, adding a sense of depth and dimension to her work.
The process of making a screen print is both precise and experimental, requiring careful preparation yet simultaneously allows for unplanned elements to enter the composition such as accidental smudges and spills that remain as part of the finished product. It is the double nature of the screen-printing process, its orientation to technological precision, and its openness to chance, that fascinate her most as an artist.
Once the canvas has undergone the printing process, each post-it note can behave differently. While some lay entirely flat, others curl up, giving the viewer a peak at their original color out from underneath the folds of overlaid images. In addition to physical depth, her body of work conveys depth through its meaning. On the surface it is lively, radiant, and playful yet an entirely different undertone lingers beneath the surface.
Ardan Ozmenoglu, "Love", 12" x 13" x 11"
She first came across post-it notes while completing her MFA degree in Graphic Design at Bilkent University. Post-its are a very contemporary material, with no history and very much something of today, of the moment. People feel a strong connection to them because it’s an everyday commercial material that is used by all different types of people for all kinds of reasons. Post-it notes bring us comfort because they are simple, ordinary, and relatable. We leave them on the fridge to remind us of our grocery lists, we write sweet nothings to our lovers, we jot down things we need that are rather menial and tend to be forgotten. In an era where we are saturated with copious amounts of information it’s difficult to keep track of all the details and everything today is bound to be forgotten sooner or later. That is why you have to jot them down on Post-It notes.
Through her clever use of post-it notes, Ozmenoglu creates pieces of art that are infused with sociopolitical commentary, uniting seemingly opposing ideas: the past and present, art history and contemporary art trends, creativity and consumerism, repetition and individuality. The post-its emphasize the duality exhibited in her work, particularly the concepts of unity and fragmentation. The images are whole yet fragmented and conversely, they are fragmented but also whole. Her work bridges the gap between centuries old practice printing with modern colors, glitters, paper, and images. Her bold and evocative art forces the viewer to consider everyday objects in a different light thus predicting the whole from pieces, supplying an undetermined dimension, and keeping the attention. The spectrum of vision between her works and the viewer is complex, ranging from the largely irrelevant to the highly specific. She never confines herself to any criteria, principles, limits, or boundaries when choosing a subject or medium to work on.
John Dankosky, host of NEXT on WNPR, will lead a lively discussion around the most up-to-the-minute political and social issues affecting people in New England and throughout the world. Recorded for broadcast on WNPR, this lecture is part of a close partnership with the New England News Collaborative.
Discussion |Designing for the 5 Senses: Storytelling in an Oversaturated World
Wednesday June 13, 5:30 pm
Itamar Kubovy, executive producer of Pilobolus, and Bruce Mau, chief creative of Massive Change Network and winner of the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, will talk about the new medium of “live” and unmediated five-senses design as a path to impact and engagement.
ART IN CONTEXT
Portrait of a Young Lady, possibly Jane, Lady Thornhaugh, 1617
Tuesday June 12, 12:30 pm
Edward Town, Head of Collections Information and Access, and Assistant Curator of Early Modern Art at the Center will deliver a thirty-minute talk focusing on this recent acquisition.
Thursday June 14, 12:30 pm
Join a museum educator for a thirty-minute discussion in the Center’s galleries to explore one highlight of the collection. The work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Meet at the Information Desk.
TOURS (Meet in the Entrance Court)
Friday June 15, 2 pm
Saturday June 16, 11 am
Join a docent-led tour of the Center'scollections. Saturday's tour includes a look at the Founder’s Room.
Featuring six paintings from the contemporary British artist Celia Paul (b. 1959), this is the first in a series of three successive exhibitions authored and curated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for the New Yorker and Associate Professor of Writing at Columbia University. This display, specially selected by Als in collaboration with the artist and a deeply personal testament to their transatlantic friendship, focuses on Paul’s recent works, which explore intimacy and inwardness. Learn more...
Art in Focus: John Goto’s “High Summer”
Through August 19, 2018
This student-curated exhibition examines a portfolio of prints by the photographer John Goto (b. 1949) in which contemporary figures disrupt the landscape gardens of historical British country estates. Drawing on eighteenth-century views of these gardens from the Center’s collection, Goto’s work is contextualized to highlight the ways in which the landscapes have been created, adapted, and represented over time to serve particular and sometimes competing ideologies. Learn more...
Britain in the World
In 2016, the third phase of an important multiyear building conservation project was completed, and visitors can now experience not only a renewed masterpiece of modern architecture by Louis I. Kahn but also a reimagined installation of the Center’s collections. Nearly four hundred works, largely the gift of the institution’s founder, Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), and augmented by other gifts and purchases, are on display in the restored and reconfigured galleries on the fourth and second floor. The installation is organized chronologically, focused around a number of themes. Learn more...
Join usonThursday, June 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening reception ofVIVIAN MAIERREVEALED:SELECTIONS FROM THE ARCHIVES. This is the first exhibition of Maier’s photography in Westchester County. On view from June 14 - August 11, 2018, the opening reception is on Thursday, June 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The exhibition features a selection of 30 black and white photographs by American street photographer Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009). Unknown during her lifetime, Maier worked as a full-time nanny while pursuing her photography consistently over five decades. Her black and white photographs-mostly from the 50s and 60s-are indelible images of the architecture and street life of Chicago and New York. Always with a Rolleiflex around her neck, she rarely took more than one frame of each image and concentrated on children, women, the elderly, and indigent. She also turned the camera on herself in striking self-portraits.
Vivian Maier's fascinating story and work was introduced to the art community and public at large through the wildly successful and Academy Award nominated documentary film, “Finding Vivian Maier.”Revealing never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with many who thought they knew her, Maier’s photographic output was more than a solitary woman interested in just taking pictures but in fact was a powerful vehicle for her to connect with the world around her. Her importance in the history of photography is yet to be determined and continues to intrigue.