Volkan Aslan

3 group shows are rocking Istanbul city lately. Dirimart – Oktem Aykut and Galerist are hosting a bunch of spectacular artists and we are heading to check the artworks and pick our most favourite few pieces. Join us! 

Recently Dirimart opened a new space in Dolapdere. I visited the space this weekend and its just awesome! I’m sure every artist would love to have a show there. The ceilings are high, the space is enormous and its right next to the main road. My all time favorite Shirin Neshat was amongst the artists in the show with her photography artworks. Tomas Saraceno’s artwork where he used mirror, rope and threads was probably the most attractive piece in the space. Ayşe Erkmen, Haluk Akakçe, Ebru Uygun and many more artists take place in the show.

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Tomas Saraceno

Then I went to visit on of the cosiest gallery in town, Oktem Aykut Gallery, which is showing an interesting group show. I loved Lara Ögel’s video art but I forgot to take a picture of it, sorry 🙂 Loved Jennifer Ipekel’s artworks too which covered one of the walls in the gallery. Her artworks were placed one next to another. Don’t we all still love Expressionism!

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Jennifer İpekel

Lastly I visited Galerist to check out an amazing group show curated by one of my most admired artist Serkan Özkaya and Paulina Bebecka showing artists such as, Olaf Breuning, Burak Delier, Xu Wang, Kristen Jensen and many many more. The deal with the show here is that they are all sculptures and they are all small in size. I guess shipping wasn’t an issue for anyone this time 🙂 Anyway, the show was separated into many tables guided and numbered by a leaflet to show us which artwork is by whom. I must say, relating the art to the artist via leaflet was a pain in the ass 🙂 But the artworks are just amazing! This is a must see show. Especially Nick Van Woert’s sculpture just took my breath away! Volkan Aslan literally rocks the scene with his ancient Greek / neon duo. And I have to mention the bugs on the ceilings and walls of the gallery. Although I couldn’t figure out by whom they were, I think they were one of the most fantastic pieces beautifully placed in the show. Don’t miss Galerist this month.

Nick Van Woert
Nick Van Woert
Volkan Aslan
Volkan Aslan

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