Stand My Ground, Stand Your Ground

Özlem Kalkan Erenus and Tommy Barr… They met at Arad Biennial in 2005.

While the physical art is obviously different and their backgrounds could not be more different, the link between the works is remarkable.

They both draw from a personal understanding and set of beliefs but make their creative statements in a similar way which finds the space for a shared primitive sub-conscious. It is in these responses that differences cease to exist. When placed appropriately the works provide for a provocative reconciliation where difference in the work becomes the evidence of that which is common in the artists and the many divisions they represent.

Working on a joint piece based on a grid format, they both provided original paintings and also paintings responding the works of the other. Then works have been exchanged providing each artist with a collaborative piece (half of the total work).

To be exhibited one half in Turkey, at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Taksim Art Gallery and the other half at the Tower Museum in Derry, Northern Ireland.

For the final connection of the project at TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts (03-05 April 2009), Sefa Ulukan’s photography is being introduced. The original art and images from the exhibition sites will be used to create further blended images, in order to symbolically make “here, there and everywhere” a single place, for a single instant.


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