By on August 15, 2016

25.8 – 1.10 2016

VERNISSAGE Thursday, August 25, KL 17-20

Galleri Andersson/Sandström opens the autumn season in 2016 with the internationally recognized artist Ramazan Bayrakoğlu (b. 1966). The starting point in the Turkish artist’s large-scale works are seemingly mundane photographs of unfamiliar places and people. The works are made up of either textiles or Plexiglas through a time-consuming work. It is the first time Bayrakoğlus works are displayed in the Nordic countries and it is his first exhibition in Galleri Andersson/Sandström.

In the transformation from a photo, the artist has developed two methods. In an advanced patchwork cuts and colors the artist small individual pieces of fabric that are then sewn together and recreate an oversized image. In the second technique, a picture made up of hand-painted laser cut plexiglass pieces. The textile plants human element in the form of seams and hanging wires is in contrast to laser cut plexiglass plants accuracy. Each work has a production time of approximately two to three months. In the exhibition at Galleri Andersson/Sandström appears mainly fabric works but also one of the artist’s large-scale works in Plexiglas (Sena, 2015).

“My objective is to define the tension point that appears when a photographic image, by nature immaterial, is confronted with the overwhelming force of a materia, with all its possibilities to express itself. To me, the incarnation of the photograph in a material opens its voice to unexplored fields. (…) Especially in my work in plexiglass, I am aiming for creating an impression of a photograph moulded by hand.”

You can not stand still in front of a work of Bayrakoğlu. Viewing finds himself constantly moving back and forth in order to put together the big picture with the detailed work. The contrast between the subject and materials creates a dialogue between now and the past, between memory and reality.

Ramazan Bayrakoğlu was born in 1966 in Balikesir, Turkey, and is currently active in Izmir. He is a long established name in Turkey. In 2015, he had a major solo exhibition at the Gallery Lelong Paris and in recent years he has appeared on major trade fairs as the Armory Show. One of his most noted works in Plexiglas (Fire, 2010) is part of Istanbul Modern permanent exhibition. Bayrakoğlus works are also in private collections.

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