Ro2 Art is pleased to present Tuba Köymen’s solo exhibition 'Quiddity,' an exploration of the inherent nature of a thing or person. Through hand manipulation of photographs using abrasives, inks, and sprayed chemicals, Köymen’s new body of work provokes the question “what is it?.” Vaguely familiar images emerge from the cracking, peeling surfaces of her altered work. The result of this transformative process is “an image-world in flux,” through which Köymen invites viewers to try to understand the essential nature or quality of something, and to determine the unique identity of each piece.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Tuba Öztekin Köymen is an artist, educator and designer who lives and works in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Born in Turkey, she graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Bilkent University in 1995. In 1999, she was awarded an MFA in Photography and Digital imaging by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Köymen’s art calls attention to human nature by offering candid scenes of everyday life through the media of photography and photo based installations. Working across the gamut of photographic processes—from alternative to digital— Köymen’s art centers on issues arising from place, culture and social interaction. Her perspective is humanistic and universalizing; she regards these issues to be common territory for all human beings. Köymen has had solo exhibitions locally and internationally in museums and galleries, including the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University, Light Factory (North Carolina), Austin College (Sherman, Texas), and the Museum Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Köymen has assisted in the organization of exhibitions of photography and art, including the Istanbul Biennial, and has led or participated in workshops, collaborative projects, and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
The exhibition runs concurrently with In Search of Meaning; A Ro2 Art Group Exhibition, also opening on January 7.
All works will be on view January 7 - February 4, 2017. Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, January 7, 2017, 7-10 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay, Dallas, Texas 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.