GONUL NUHOGLU / 13
Frankie Says Relax
Brass Cast, Stainless Steel,
R: 100-90-80-70-60-50-40-30 cm
As an artist who lives in İstanbul and collaborates with the fields of historiography, politics and sociology, the works I have produced in the last twenty years are dialogues that feed upon the contradictions of space. My journey is meant to explore the limitless dimensions of our spatiality and to trace trans-disciplinary, social and spatial relations. There are no certainties in my art, neither a methodology though there are intentions. All of my personal exhibitions are composed of works that are grouped around specific themes and concepts and that make use of a diverse range of media. These themes are frequently combined in my installations. My exhibitions may be varied in their material and language; however, there is a semantic bond between them. The subject of each work determines the materials used and the form of the work. I am working on site-specific installations that examine and deconstruct the relations between spaces, ideas and the identities that represent them. I have defined the relationship between spatial dynamics and my works in the following terms: “Taking space into account and integrating it into the piece is a vital element of my production process. Space, with its physical, historical and socio-political dimensions, directs my production.” During research and production new issues come to the fore and this paves the way for my next set of works.
ABOUT FRANKIE SAYS RELAX SERIES
The grasshopper from the FRANKIE SAYS RELAX series. (Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a very popular British band popular. The group's 1983 debut single Relax was banned by the BBC in 1984 while at number six in the charts and subsequently topped the UK Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks, going on to enjoy prolonged chart success throughout that year and ultimately becoming the seventh best selling UK single of all time. )
According to the artist; The idleness save the world, everything will begin one day by not going to work.
In ancient Athena, working was attributed only to the slaves. As for today, the monopolies who direct world politics and economy, do not eschew from provoking war for their own interests, and make people ill and then dooms to medicine have created their own modern slaves of consumption with their so-called aims of development, growth and welfare society.
Gonul Nuhoglu catches people with her exhibition titled as “Idleness shall save the world, it will all start one day by not going to work”, at the Sirkeci Station where they rush to go work. She calls us to halt for a while and question. Are we aware of the truth behind the reality? Should we work this much, if we would live in a more humane, natural and just world, instead of consumpting constantly.
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