Oppenheimer’s investigation of household furniture at Pg gallery

Stockholm-based Turkish artist Hale GandungandOr Oppenheimer, who is known for her collages and canvas paintings mostly featuring objects in unusual settings, is currently holding her latest solo show at Pg Art Gallery in Istanbul.
As soon as one steps into the gallery, there is the feeling of a house, with light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, pieces of various household objects such as cupboards, chairs and shelves coming out of the walls and a white curtain dividing the space into two.
and”The idea of the furniture pieces coming out of the walls started with my previous exhibition, which was based on the idea of the [evolution] of furniture. It was apparently used to transport people and their belongings from one place to another, and today itand’s just a sign of being settled. So itand’s the opposite,and” Oppenheimer explained in a recent interview with Todayand’s Zaman.
Previously Oppenheimer created works made out of cardboard that depicted furniture and played with the idea of furniture not being settled, and in her current show one can see the extension of it. and”I integrated the collages a lot more than I did before, also moving up toward the third dimension in the collages themselves. Before they used to be two dimensional, but after creating a pop-up book for another exhibition here at Pg Gallery, I decided to expand the idea,and” she said.
While trying to find a way to convey the message that her memory of many things in her past, especially the places she lived in, is vague, Oppenheimer came up with the idea of putting a curtain in the gallery space. and”I was thinking about whether was there a way that I could do something to make someone feel it. While making these works of art, I kept thinking about terms such as andlsquocataracts,and’ andlsquofog,and’ andlsquoclouds,and’ and I decided to use a curtain to separate the gallery, like a layer. It reflects my forgetfulness when I think about the objects. Itand’s sort of how my brain functions. The curtain is like a shell and it also creates this personal private space. When you break the space apart, you suddenly create a room, and it also plays with the idea of home being somewhere private. Home to me is another shell. We always have bubbles around us, and home is another bubble, another transparent shell which keeps us private and separate from the outside world,and” she said, adding that from a technical aspect, the white curtain also brings a balance, color-wise. and”When you walk into the gallery, itand’s very white in the setup on the right, and when you look to the left, the works on canvas are more colorful however, this layer helps distribute the pastel colors,and” she pointed out.
A common thread in the exhibition is that in almost all of her compositions, we see things in a place we are usually not accustomed to seeing them in real life. Sometimes it is a study desk on a mountain, or it might be an armchair on the road, a coffee machine on top of a streetlight, or kitchen utensils on a green globe. and”Previously I was using animals in settings where they didnand’t belong. Displacement, misplacement and replacements are concepts I revisit frequently since I live abroad and these are crucial themes for me. I think these objects are going through the same things I am. I take them out of a house and put them on a mountain for instance. I want to play with things and see how they are in places where they donand’t belong,and” she said, adding that she mostly uses Swedish magazines for the cut-out images in her collages.
Oppenheimer doesnand’t like to plan too much ahead about conveying a message in her collections. Sometimes she looks at the outcome and analyzes it, saying: and”Maybe the reason I chose this object for this painting might be this. Sometimes I have an answer, sometimes I donand’t.and”
Another unifying component is that every piece of work in the exhibition includes an electronic device or something that transmits electricity. and”One reason for using electric light bulbs was to give the feeling of home, but another reason was that it is an element that repeatedly shows up in my works. Cables, electricity and water are used very extensively in this show. When I think about them, [I think about how] they flow so easily without borders, without anything. You see charging cables or water pipes and they are all about connecting things to each other. It might sound a little bit clichandeacuted, but when I think about them after I finish the work, I link it to myself again, being away from my family, etc.,and” she added. andquotBut it was my choice to live life like this, rather than a necessity.andquot
and”Cloudy Roomand” will be on display until May 31 at Pg Art Gallery in Tophane. For more information on the artist and her works, visit www.halegungor.com and www.pgartgallery.com.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman