Baris Gokturk reconstructs two-dimensional historical documents, photographs, and archival imagery about events or individuals, as the artist describes, ‘overlooked by the mainstream history in three-dimensional layers, hybrid fragments and installations that oscillate between drawing, painting and sculpture’. Gokturk rebuilds the photographic image as a physical surface first and then peels it off as a displaced piece of skin that he reapplies to other found or sculpted objects in relation to a specific historic moment echoed in current events.
Baris Gokturk has exhibited work at ELM Foundation, Brooklyn; The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Pera Museum, Istanbul, among others.
Residents from Turkey
Mubarak Al-Thani works with dimensions, colors, geometrics, abstraction, and literal expressionism to capture cities, skylines, horizons, interaction, culture, history and politics. Mubarak was an artist in residence at Doha Fire Station. He is self-taught with a BA from Georgetown School of Foreign Service and an MA in Urban Planning from NYU.
Mubarak Al-Thani has exhibited work at Central Exhibition Hall, Russia; United Nations Headquarters, New York; and Fire Station, Qatar, among others.mubaraknasser.com