2014-04-23 17:02:30 - NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Istanbul artist Gökçe Erenmemişoğlu in Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography.
Gökçe Erenmemişoğlu’s haunting photography presents an updated take on the uncanny valley. The artist concentrates on objects that are, if not everyday, then universally recognized to mean certain things or possess particular associations. He photographs vintage dolls, a common signifier of childhood and nostalgia. His other great theme is skyscrapers, an overt symbol of might and modernity. But his works deliberately skews the classic interpretation. Erenmemişoğlu washes out his palette to blacks, blues, and grays which remove the familiar images from our normal sphere of reference. The dolls are photographed in piles, in pieces, and in disarming close-up – all techniques that dehumanize those painted plastic faces. In cityscapes, the camera is tilted to disconcerting angles, pushing a building’s spire
almost horizontal to transform an icon of power into something deeply unstable. Erenmemişoğlu describes his work as a “protest” in direct opposition to the images he creates in his commercial life.
Erenmemişoğlu divides his time between Paris, New York, and his home base of Istanbul. As a commercial photographer his work has appeared in campaigns for such brands as American Express, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, and Vodaphone.
Exhibition Dates: April 22, 2014 - May 13, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Event URL: www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Gokce_Erenmemisoglu.aspx
About Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.