Archive: Art in Istanbul
See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

Peter Kogler - Dimensions, 2011
Peter KoglerDimensions, 2011

Peter Kogler is a renowned artist from Austria that currently works and lives in Vienna. Kogler is best known for his different psychedelic room installations. Through his paintwork and his intricate projections, he transforms ordinary looking rooms and spaces such as lobbies, galleries, and transit centers by making them look twisted, warped or distorted, which in turn has a psychedelic effect for the public.

Kogler’s room installations explore vital concepts in his art such as modularity and repetition. The rooms alter one’s perception of architecture, which serves as the primary medium for his art. Aside from his dizzying rooms, Kogler is also an important performance, film and video artist as well as a sculptor.

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Francesco Jodice’s subtle look at how we customise living spaces

Francesco Jodice’s subtle look at how we customise living spaces

Francesco Jodice, What We Want, Hong Kong, T47, 2006.
Francesco JodiceWhat We Want, Hong Kong, T47, 2006

Ever been to a place and felt that it is not quite satisfactory in terms of how it looks? Well, Francesco Jodice is recreating spaces into what they should be if we had control of them. For a long time, people’s lives were influenced by the buildings that existed but the trend is taking a turn. Not even urban planners, engineers or architects can dictate life upon humanity anymore, this is the message that is being communicated by the ‘What We Want’ series. The project is centered around photography and modification of imagery.

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Viewers mislead: These people are not famous – Braco Dimitrijevic

Viewers mislead: These people are not famous – Braco Dimitrijevic

Braco Dimitrijevic - Casual Passer-by I met at 11.09 AM, 1971
Braco DimitrijevićCasual Passer-by I met at 11.09 AM, 1971

Braco Dimitrijević’s Casual Passer-By series are a series of canvas based photographs created as from 1971. The works feature large-scale images of people that the artist met in the streets. Each of the pieces comes with the exact time and place where the artist met with the person. However, he did not always put the exact date. These images were then placed on some of the prominent positions on the facades of high traffic areas such as the museum, advertisement displays, or the underground train service.

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Paintings on canvases, not on styrofoam

Paintings on canvases, not on styrofoam

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Katharina Grosse (1961) is famous for her innovative painting style that is heavily inspired by graffiti and conceptual art. She usually uses an industrial spray paint gun to cover everything from mud hills, found objects to abstract forms made from wood, plastic, and styrofoam, and often includes the walls and ceilings of the art space.

In her show Can You Spell Mixing at Istanbul she is showing a less known side of her work: paintings on canvas made between 2009 and 2011.

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Robert Montgomery’s weird text billboards in Istanbul

Robert Montgomery’s weird text billboards in Istanbul

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Scottish/British Montgomery is the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused and also a conceptual artist. He shows his poetry in public space, similar to ads. Some of his recent works have been shown throughout the city of Istanbul as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.

His thoughts about the reception of his work by the public:

“They know its not advertising, and its not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”

> read an interview with Montgomery at Dazed Digital

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UPDATE: Check out Montgomery’s works in Berlin


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