’s presentation at this year’s
ArtInternational fair in Istanbul features artists that draw on tradition with
eyes toward the future. The show samples from a variety of mediums: sculpture,
light works, painting, and photography, with shadowy, sensorial pieces and
artists using highly modern means to reference early art forms.
(2014) adapts the aesthetics of early mythological art, showing a milk-skinned
Aphrodite-esque woman gazing at herself in a hand mirror. Pigalle merges
photography with traditional paintings, resulting in a mix of the fantastic and
the editorial: Pigalle worked in fashion photography previously.
work Dual Screaming Self-Portrait Ensemble
(1998-2006) is comprised of classical sculpture translated through new
technology. Ball uses 3D technology to render bizarre sculptural portraits, in
this case two versions of his own screaming face; one distorted and stretched,
the other shrunken. The heads are sculpted from onyx, used widely in Ancient
Greek and Roman sculpture, though scarcely used now.
a sculpture by
, consists of a knot of soldered metal twigs standing within
a dimly lit mirrored box. Looking into the reflective walls of the box creates
an infinite forest of snarled metal. It is a foreboding scene; the effect is
something like looking into the twisted metal of a
sculpture or the industrial orifices of a
work—cold and inorganic, but at the same time absorbing and beautiful.
(2012) is a powerfully modest work done in ink and tempera on
canvas. Tirelli utilizes the sfumato
technique, made famous by
Through this spare but punctilious expression, Tirelli shows us the inside of a
bowl, an apparently basic still life, but Tirelli’s image is transfixing in its
light sculpture X-360
(2013) recalls early
kinetic art, and the spiral sculptures of
Nearly 18 feet high, and outfitted with a motor, it is the optic centerpiece of
the show and a grand realization of the show’s theme of shadow and light.
— Makiko Wholey