The Clemente NY, New York, is pleased to announce Things That Count . . . Things That Don’t, an exhibition of contemporary Turkish art, presented in The Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente June 4th -July 3rd, 2015. Bringing together twenty Turkish artists from New York, Istanbul and Ankara, this exhibition intends to bring awareness to the current state of Turkish art. Things That Count…Things That Don’t explores the dualities and contradictions of living in a complex culture with a richly layered history. Whether remaining in Turkey to work or living abroad as an expatriate, through politics or apolitically, using traditional or non-traditional means, the works share a common bond very different from what we experience as artists in the west. Nihal Martlı one of my most admired female artists in Turkey will also be participating in the group show and below you may read a short interview with her and artist Peter Hristoff who also is in the same show. 

Participating Artists Include:

Ahmet Özsalar, Aslı Narin, Atilla and Feyza İlkyaz, Bengisu Bayrak, Burçak Konukman, Berkay Buğdanoğlu, Cins, Endam Nihan, Gülşah Bayraktar, Levent Tuncer, Murat Germen, Nihâl Martlı, Peter Hristoff, Serdar Arat, Selime Okuyan, Sevgi Aka, Sinem Serap Duran, Sırma Doruk, Soner Ön, Yiğit Yazıcı.

Nihal Martlı Q & A 

Who invited you to participate in this New York exhibition?

Pamela Cardwell our curator invited me to participate. But it was artist Peter Hristoff who suggested my name to her.

With which works are you participating in the show?

Six artworks, which are drawings on paper, will be shown in the exhibition, most of which were not shown before. These drawing are the most naive way for me to express myself that is why I am very pleased that I will take place with these particular works.

New York is claimed as the art hub of the world. What does it feel to be in a show takin place in New York in a few days?

Of course I am very delighted and happy that my works will be shown in New York. These kinds of events help the Turkish art scene to be more recognized and help reflect the art boom we are all experiencing in Turkey these days.

Peter Hristoff Q & A

What is your point of view on the developing contemporary art scene of Istanbul?

It keeps on getting bigger and better. I started showing in Istanbul in the late 1990’s, and while there was certainly an art-scene then, it was nothing like what has developed over the last ten years or so. 

What do you think our region (Turkey) owes it’s flourishing contemporary art scene to?

Obviously a growing middle and upper middle and wealthy class  — economic reasons — is a big boost to the art scene. This of course can be beneficial: more and more artists, galleries, critics, museums, etc. are generating an income (full or partial) through art. On the other hand, there is something artistically dangerous when the “demand” dictates the “supply”. It can become elitist and a luxury market. I’m thrilled to see the general public’s interest in spaces like Istanbul Modern, SALT, Arter and the Pera Museum to name a few… I feel good about the street art scene in Turkey and the sense that there are a lot of young artists who want to explore venues beyond the traditional gallery scene. 

Which artists did you refer to the curator for this show and why?

I referred artists I admire, artists who are original, interesting, quirky.

As a successful artist, what guide lines would you suggest to the upcoming artists in Turkey?

The same guidelines I would suggest to upcoming artists anywhere: be truthful, inquisitive, compassionate, educated, disciplined, open; the guidelines that will serve you well as an upright person usually work for artists too. There is a quote I like to give my students: Go towards the light!