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Surreal art of Patricia Piccinini

Posted on 10 July 2011

Scooters in love. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Surreal art in sculptures, installation, drawing and video. That is typically for Australian contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini. Her works, from 1997 up to the present, can be seen in Istanbul now through august 22nd in the very pleasant art gallery Arter on Istiklal Caddesi.

I especially love the sculpture “The Lovers”, two scooters who are obviously “in love”. It is very sweet. The work is made of shiny materials, fiberglass, steel, leather and automotive paint. Modern art that really touches everybody who sees it. Two cold, lifeless ‘things’ that project emotion, warmth and love. You would think that’s impossible, but Patricia Piccinini succeeded in creating that effect.

The same, but then other emotions – fear in the eyes of parents, fun in the eyes of children – she realized with her work where she put a lot of real chairs on top of each other and then put a very realistic looking little boy on top of it. I enjoyed that too.

Boy climbing the chairs. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Piccinini’s exhibition at Istanbul’s Arter is titled “Hold Me Close to Your Heart”. Most of her art makes the audience question their own perceptions of life, art and beauty.

In her piece, which she created for Arter titled “The Welcome Guest” (2011); audiences witness how Piccinini perceives beauty. Especially in her surreal, “freakish” sculptures. On the one hand they look very realistic and on the other hand you see them as freaks. But they always have a friendly or caring look on their faces. An example is the adult creature “Big Mother” breast feeding a very realistic looking baby.

Check it out, with your kids!

The exhibition will continue through Aug. 21

ARTER was initiated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation and opened in May 2010. The art center provides a platform for artist visibility; encourages the production of contemporary art; and produces and presents exhibitions curated from the VKF Contemporary Art Collection along with private archives and collections.

ARTER hosts a range of workshops, performances and artist talks alongside its exhibitions.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm.

Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 8pm.

Admission: Free

Address: Istiklal Caddesi No. 211

Telephone: +90-212-2433767

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