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Los Angeles-Istanbul Connection


VENUE ADDRESS: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
CONTACT: Ronald Lopez or Amber Jones
PHONE: 310-453-3711 103 or 108

Los Angeles-Istanbul Connection
Curated by: Arzu Arda Kosar & Saliha Kasap

Artists: Insel Inal, Saliha Kasap, Elif Oner, Ozan Oganer, Alper Sen, Carol Es, Gul & Arzu, Marcie Kaufman, Blair Townsend

May 7-27, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, May 7, 6-9 pm

Santa Monica, CA-Beginning May 7 through May 30, 2011, five Turkish artists and five Los Angeles artists come together to present a dynamic intercultural collaborative project, entitled, Los Angeles-Istanbul Connection in 18th Street’s Project Room. This exhibition features provocative paintings, sculptures, photography, video and installations by artists: Carol Es, Gul Cagin, Insel Inal, Saliha Kasap, Marcie Kaufman, Arzu Arda Kosar, Elif Oner, Ozan Oganer, Alper Sen and Blair Townsend. The opening reception takes place on May 7, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

This exhibition is a curatorial collaboration between Saliha Kasap of Sanat Limani (a.k.a. Antrepo 5) in Istanbul, Turkey, and Arzu Arda Kosar, a resident artist at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA, who is part of the Los Angeles based duo “Gul & Arzu.”

Inspired by the myriad of similarities between Istanbul and Los Angeles art worlds, Kasap and Kosar have curated a show that brings together contemporary artists from Istanbul, Turkey and Los Angeles. In their opinion, both cities boast increasingly vibrant art scenes that may lack an art market akin to Europe or New York, but counterbalance this perception with the experimental and exciting works burgeoning out of them.

Los Angeles-Istanbul Connection features selected works by five contemporary Turkish artists currently emerging in the ever more compelling contemporary art scene in Istanbul juxtaposed with five L.A. artists whose works are in a similar vein. This show identifies the similarities and connections between the work of 10 contemporary artists that originate from two cities whose cultural and political paradigms are extremely disparate. Turkish artist, Alper Sen’s video documentary on discarded material is in dialogue with L.A. artist, Blair Townsend’s rug made of superfluous plastic toys. In the same sense, Turkish artist Ozan Oganer’s lace sculpture corresponds with L.A. artist Carol Es’ work that incorporates elements of sewing. Turkish curator and artist Saliha Kasap’s insect-like cityscape photo collages relate to L.A. artist Marcie Kaufman’s disorienting industrial images.

For images or more information on the artists in Los Angeles-Istanbul Connection, please go here, or contact Ronald Lopez at 310-453-3711 ext 103 or Amber Jones at 310-453-3711 ext 108.
This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Additional sponsors of this project are: Turkish Airlines and Turkish Culture & Tourism.


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