Anke Eilergerhard, Berlin based artist, is celebrated by critics for her worldwide unique, often humorous artistic stance. Her œuvre is cross-media, starting with painting, photography and video. She has become known for her sculptures, which are presented in numerous museums and at international art fairs. These balance virtuously between the boundaries of concrete sculpture, abstraction and figurative sculpture. They immediately catch the eye because of their daring compositions and their tactile and often intensely colored surfaces.
The cake, as a metaphor for beauty, time, balance, longing, desire and deception, has had a prominent place in Eilergerhard's artistic work for more than three decades. She often works in cycles that pile up layer upon layer, almost biographically. Since 2004, she has focused on the sculptural form of the cream topping. From this she has developed her special artistic technique. Like a confectioner, she manually sculpts countless "cream hoods" from highly pigmented polyorganosiloxane (silicone) into a sculpture. Polyorganosiloxane, which is popular with DIY enthusiasts and plastic surgeons alike for correcting blemishes in appearance, is also the perfect art material for the artist in this context, in addition to its material nature. Yet it is an elaborate act of creation to precisely sculpt individual "cream hoods" en miniature by hand.
In 1994, she completed her artistic studies in communication design at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. 1999 moved to Berlin, Germany. In 2017, the artist's spectacular sculptures achieved international renown which she had created on behalf of Fendi for the luxury brand's global flagship stores worldwide. She participated at numerous international exhibitions and art fairs and her works have been presented in collections and public spaces around the world including Abu Dhabi, Austria, Chile, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Principality of Liechtenstein, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, The United Kingdom and The United States.
Born in 1979 in Turkey, Ardan Özmenoğlu obtained her BFA as well as her MFA in the Department of Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University, Ankara. She was an Artist in Residence at Kala art Institute in Berkeley, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V. Berlin, Frans Maserell Centrum in Belgium, Kulturkontakt Austria in Vienna and Glasstress in Murano, Venice. Her recent work consists of site-specific screenprint installations, which incorporate architecture and sculpture, using materials such as glass, neon tubing, and post-it notes. At the interface between printmaking and sculpture, these three-dimensional portraits come into being. Her works can be found in important collections internationally, such as the Hort Collection NYC, Naked Heart Foundation, the Frankfurt Airport Collection, the Osthaus Museum Hagen Collection, the Kala Art Institute Collection, the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, the UniCredit Bank Art collection, the Fondation Jan Michalski Collection, the Imoga Mundi (Benetton) Collection and the Istanbul Modern Collection.
Bilal Hakan Karakaya
Born in Ankara in 1979, Karakaya studied art at Gazi University between 1999 and 2004. Moving to Istanbul in 2006, he began working with artist Hanefi Yeter. In 2014, he held his first solo exhibition “Hybrid Delusions” at Art350 (Anna Laudel) Gallery.
Hakan Karakaya designs authentic three-dimensional shapes using casting techniques and different materials such as, stone, metal and wood. Almost all of his visual creations have an attitude that questions the perceptions rejected by the mind or the facts that the individual is afraid to face and throws into the subconscious. Especially the sculptures Karakaya has produced recently, take the viewer to such a place of unconsciousness and delusion, that one can feel like living in a dream or having a hallucination of reality. By pointing out the fears that people have in their subconscious, the anxieties, insecurities and the need for protection in each person's self, the artist incorporates a broad conceptual field into his area of study, ranging from mythological characters in Anatolian culture to the mystical illusions of some sleep disorders such as nightmare and puerperal fever, known as 'sleep paralysis' in medical literature. Therefore, Hakan Karakayas artworks are inspired from fairy tales, dreams and stories based on mythical phenomena seen in Anatolian or Greek mythologies, and with this feature, they have a mystical aspect that takes the audience on a spiritual journey. The artist participates in various group exhibitions, international symposiums and continues working in his studio in Istanbul.
Born in 1971, Brigitte Spiegeler is a Dutch artist who graduated in fine arts from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2008. Her work can be seen at international exhibitions in China, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and France. She has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2017. She uses a variety of techniques, such as photography, painting, ceramic, poetry and installation. Spiegelers works are about an imaginary time which only exists in our minds: in her words “a time without a time, vague with some details popping up, the memory is now, right here, but at the same time endlessly far away and intangible”.
She also has a passion for language and her third volume of poetry entitled Without Equal – an ode to Rembrandt has been published at the end of 2019. The first volume a of poetry entitled The Art of War, languishing poems and other temporary cease fires (2015) and the second collection of poetry entitled Plagiarism & Parody (2017) have all been published by Uitgeverij In de Knipscheer. She is now working on a collection of poems on Rembrandt and his work entitled Without equal. Her works are in several international collections including the WanQi Art Museum, Dehua, China and various private collections in Germany, Turkey, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Brigitte Spiegeler continues to live and work in Netherlands and loves to stay and work in artist residencies all over the world.
Ekin Su Koç
Ekin Su Koç was born in Istanbul in 1986. In the academic period of 2007-2008, she attended the Erasmus programme in Spain- Sevilla University while studying at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University where she graduated from in 2010. She completed her masters degree at Işık University in Painting in 2015. Her techniques range from collage on paper and paint on canvas, to her recent works on fabric. The elements and images used by the artist touch upon both subjective/personal and social references regarding the themes of migration, sense of belonging and body perception that relates to her time, spaces and peoples effects on herself who pass through her life. The artist integrates images collected from both ethnic and natural images-forms, with which she combines and re-creates new bodies that allow her to realize a new identity by also monitoring her sense of belonging. Her works also lead to an individual reading of the artist herself who is dragged to move from one country to another, from one city to another and to keep the pieces of her own roots together and preserve their integrity. The artist, whose works are included in private collections, continues to work in her studio in Berlin.
Born in Rome in 1976, Sigalot has been active in the field of advertising, where he has worked for seven years among several agencies in Italy, Spain and Great Britain. In 2007 he left Saatchi & Saatchi London to spend full time on the Blue & Joy artistic project, which he founded with Fabio La Fauci in 2005. The name of the project becomes for years a true pseudonym of the duo Sigalot / La Fauci, which until 2013 continues a prolific four-handed production. At the end of 2014 this duo ends its partnership and Daniele Sigalot now continues his solo career by his works focusing on installations.
The center of his research spins around the ambiguity between the perception of the materials used and their real nature, making the contrast the core of his entire production. His most recognizable works are certainly the large installations of aircraft apparently paper but actually of metallic nature. Along with these fleets of planes, Daniele Sigalot literally flew around the world with his planes, bringing them to more than thirty cities in the four corners of the planet. In 2022 he had a solo show at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. Sigalot continues his work at his atelier La Pizzeria in Naples.
Flóra Borsi is a young fine art photographer from Hungary, born in 1993. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss. Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world. Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.
Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France and will be showing this year at the Modern Museum Shanghai and the National Museum of Art in Hungary. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardians Observer and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014 and has launched a second one late 2019 for Adobe Photoshop again. She got into US Forbes 30 under 30 list and in 2021 Hasselblad chose her as the first Hasselblad HEROINE of the Year.
After graduating from high school and completing an apprenticeship as machine mechanic, Hornung studied stage and costume design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart-Weissenhof with Peter Grau and Jürgen Rose between 1988 and 1993. Hornungs research reveals visual connections between traditional wood printing technology and digital order patterns. The materials, which Mathias Hornung uses are paper and the wood into which he mills the cuts that will later be used for printing - printing and the printing block are equal, they correspond and communicate with each other. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1992. Between 2004 and 2007 he worked in Canada, Costa Rica, Elba/Italy and Indonesia, and held exhibitions in France, US, Canada, Belgium, Austria and South Africa.
Born in 1983 in Mersin, Onur Hastürk is a visual artist who specializes in the art of classical Ottoman miniature painting and its traditional techniques. In 2008, he was enrolled in BA Traditional Turkish Arts, Illumination and Miniature Art Major in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Konya Selçuk University, achieving the first rank among the students admitted to the undergraduate programme. In 2012, he moved to Istanbul and started an MA degree in Illumination and Miniature Art Major programme in the Department of Traditional Turkish Arts, in the Institute of Fine Arts at Marmara University.
He went to Italy in 2014 and stayed there for one year where he furthered his training in Arts and Design at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Academy of Fine Arts of Florence). Upon his return to Turkey, he completed his MA degree in Traditional Turkish Arts, Miniature and illumination Art at Istanbul Marmara University in 2016 and took part in several group exhibitions both at home and abroad. Currently, the artist continues his art practice in Istanbul.
Born in Manisa in 1988, Ramazan Can graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Fine Arts Education in 2011.
In 2015, he graduated from Gazi University Fine Arts Institute Graduate School of Painting and continues his education in Gazi University Fine Arts Institute Painting Department Sufficiency in Art programme. He is also a research assistant at the Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Gazi University. Can has participated in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Turkey and continues to work at his studio in Ankara.
Ruth Biller was born in Singen, Germany in 1959 and continued her education in Stuttgart at the Visual Arts Academy between 1983-1989 and completed her masters in Visual Arts. From 1985 on, photography and film had an impact on her and she started to articulate the concepts of her paintings in the form of print-and-collage sequences, her inspiration springing from depictions of historical spaces and characters from baroque paintings. After a stay in Paris (1991), which formed part of her project for the DAAD during the Country- postgraduate- grant Baden Württemberg, she set up national and international exhibitions of her paintings in museums, art associations and galleries. In 1994, she received a grant from the Arts Foundation of Baden-Württemberg. In Atelierhaus Nordbahnhofstraße Stuttgart, she established an experimental art platform (op-nord). Between 1989 and 1999, Ruth Biller teaches six years at the Hochschule Pforzheim as a freelance lecturer in painting and drawing. During a one-year Artist-in-Residence of the Foundation Starke, Berlin - Grunewald, she took up inspiration in the picturesque gardens of Potsdam in 2003. Since 2004 (Goethe Institut, Istanbul) she carried out exhibitions and projects as well as resident-stays in Istanbul, Knidos and Ayvaik, Turkey. In 2015 she directed, filmed and produced the movie "MUSIKA" together with Frank Leher in Berlin-Lichtenberg.
Biller uses the human body, nature, or landscapes in her work and focuses on the concept of space. In doing so, she confronts physical action with spaces of memory in a layered, variable form. Her visual editing sequences come from explorations through museums, castles and landscape. Through layers of color and spatial overlays, rhythmic rows of images appear on canvas and paper in her paintings and prints.
In choreographic film cuts, she confronts the moving scenery of the media present with memory. The free process of creating images - without the use of preliminary drawings - is a necessary prerequisite for creating intensive painting. Ruth Biller acts in the role of her own dramatic producer and suggests serial film frames. In the run-up to the artistic process, she transforms the subjects of her work - collected documents as well as photographs of her own research - through various media experiments. Ruth Billers studio and base is located in Berlin, Germany.
Sarp Kerem Yavuz
Born in Paris in 1991 and raised in Istanbul, Sarp Kerem Yavuz is a visual artist working primarily with photography, light projection, and video. He received his Master of Fine Art in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015) after gaining an BA in Studio Art at Oberlin College (2013). His works explore various aspects of gender, politics, religion, and violence.
He is the recipient of several international accolades, including the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Emerging Photographer award, presented by Leica Camera, the 2013 New Artists Society Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2013 Leah Freed Memorial Prize.
In 2013, he became the youngest artist to exhibit and be included in the permanent collection of the Istanbul Modern Museum.
His works are also included in The Luciano Benetton Collection as part of Imago Mundi, in the permanent collections of the CICA Museum in South Korea, the Norton Museum in Florida, USA, the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Ohio, USA, the JPMorgan Chase Collection, the Polaroid Originals (formerly Impossible Project) Collection in Berlin, the Soho House Collection in Istanbul and New York, and The Marmara Hotel Collection in New York. He has been in over 30 exhibitions in Copenhagen, Sydney, Amman, London, Shanghai, Dubai, New York, Chicago and Istanbul. He currently lives and works between New York and Istanbul.
About Anna Laudel Gallery
Founded by Anna Laudel with the aim of supporting the work of Turkish and international artists, the gallery is dedicated to promote artists by providing a prominent contemporary exhibition platform and by developing a greater understanding of contemporary art.
Following its first location in Istanbul, Anna Laudel opened its second gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2019 to expand more internationally. Directed by Ferhat Yeter, both galleries host solo and group exhibitions by artists from Turkey and beyond.
The gallery also represents its artists of diverse backgrounds and generations in the global arts scene by showcasing their latest artworks at leading international art fairs.
Spreading over 1,000 square meters, Anna Laudels gallery aims to offer a spacious arts environment and welcome the widest possible audience. One of the largest commercial art spaces in Istanbul, Anna Laudel on Kazancı Street offers a significantly larger and flexible exhibition space with a disabled entrance.
Located at the new Beyoğlu Culture Road, a project which covers an area from Galataport to the AKM (Atatürk Culture Center) and connects the cultural venues of Beyoğlu district, Anna Laudels new gallery on Kazancı Yokuşu No:45, is accessible from Taksim Square and Fındıklı.
Anna Laudel welcomes the summer season at ZAİ Yaşam, located in the pearl of the Aegean Sea, Bodrum. Spreading over two floors of Bodrum's prominent culture and art venue ZAİ Yaşam from May to November 2022, Anna Laudel will be hosting group exhibitions parallel to the comprehensive solo exhibitions of artists from Turkey and abroad.
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