Contemporary Istanbul
Art Fair featuring Guerra de la Paz, Justine Reyes, Ivana Brenner, Ward Yoshimoto, Anke Bauer, Jack Balas

Run Dates: November 28th 2007-December 3rd 2008
Opening: Thursday Nov. 27th 6-8pm
Location: Contemporary Istanbul
Directions: Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center
Harbiye 34267 Istanbul

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CTS is proud to present Power Struggle a provocative presentation of works that begs the public to ask the question- What do we want from our future? What will it look like and how will we participate in it?

Dollar bills, a corporate noose and fetish masks exist amongst images and assemblages that pose the undisguised question- Are we voyeurs in our own modern demise? The five artists featured in Contemporary Istanbul confront the raw conditions of conflict and control through various reactive representations or meditative expressions. Exploring the displacement of personal identity within a collective psyche, the work addresses the modern anxiety that plagues our conflicted present and obscure future.

At one end, through installation and sculpture Guerra de la Paz targets the common nine to five routine as a mask and guise of self-delusion. A noose constructed of silk ties argues a fateful resignation to the self-perpetuated myths of wealth and materialism operating in the name some empty corporate scheme.

Justine Reyes' intimate proximity to a masked subject approaches the interchangeability of identity and the nature of the mask as a transformative and revelatory device. It becomes a tool not only to conceal or disguise, but also to displace, subdue or expose truths or preconceptions that exist beyond surface appearances.

Through an internalized and organic expression, Justine Reyes' yarn installation relays a more subtle translation of the physicality of war. The methodical act of knitting becomes a process for maintaining a sense of control and calm amidst the chaos of uncertainty. Her piece speaks to the magnitude of war in its representation of the passage of time. A simple hand-made material stands in contrast to the immaterial and futile ability to quantify progress and consequence in the timeline of cultural conflict.

Similarly, Ward Yoshimoto's assembled materials create a signal of permanence, and self-consciousness amongst the flux and obscurity of conflict. In Petroleum, Ivana Brenner's oil paint and plastic polymer sculpture exposes the social, commercial and aesthetic values assigned to beauty and commodity. Her delicate materials parallel the crude nature and commercial value of petroleum, while revealing the potential for beauty to be unmasked from a hideous origin.

In the work of Anke Bauer a silver lining and sense of hopeful optimism emerges beyond the calculated constructs of modern life. Her concrete landscapes and distortions suggest a growing divide in communication and connectivity. Nonetheless the picture of an idyllic life conveys a movement and transience towards a future place and time, as indefinable and ambiguous as that destination may be. In contrast to the more combative depictions of control and order, the constructive assemblages retain a possibility of beauty and order to emerge from displacement and obscurity.


  Installation View: Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey 2007. Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Installation View: Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey 2007. Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Installation View: Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey 2007.
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

about the gallery: CTS is quality art on the move. Championing provocative content driven work by local and international mid-career, underrepresented, and emerging artists in all media. Our goal is to build an infrastructure that knows no boundaries, one that carries the torch of modernism acting as a vehicle for dreamers, a cultural meeting place for great minds, an international community of interconnectivity and expandability.

about the artfair: Greatly anticipated by the international and Turkish art scenes, Contemporary Istanbul sponsored by Akbank Private Banking will be held between 28 November- 3 December at Lütfi Kurdar Convention and Exhibition Center- Rumeli Halls. Contemporary Istanbul is in its third edition this year and is considered the most comprehensive ‘modern and contemporary art event’ in Turkey to date and aims to play a pivotal role in the global art and cultural scene. An international contemporary art exposition where national and international galleries selected by the "Contemporary Istanbul" jury participate and contemporary art is presented.

about the artist:
Guerra de la Paz is the composite name that represents the creative team efforts of Cuban-born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. What began as an idea for two individual artists to share a working studio in Miami's Little Haiti, has become an ongoing collaboration that has evolved into constant experimentation. The recipient of the 2008 SCOPE Foundation Grant for artist project “Under the Banyan Tree,” they are are represented in the Saatchi Collection (London), 21C Museum Foundation (Louisville, KY), Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Miami Art Museum (Miami, FL), and The Cintas Fellows Collection.

about the artist: Justine Reyes lives and works in New York. In 2004 she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. Reyes' work revolves around issues of identity, history and time; and our relationship to these themes in a post 9/11 world. Using photography and installation, she examines family, the idea of leaving and returning home, and the longing to hold on to things that are ephemeral and transitory in nature.     

about the artist: Anke Bauer makes the intrigued hunt their way in and out of her meticulously painted landscapes. Infinite, colorful, and a tad bit aloof, these curious tower-blocks, futuristic landscapes, Space-Shuttles, and idyllic crumbling villas impress upon the viewer a creeping sense of both utopian hopefulness and industrial uneasiness. A recipient of multiply study abroad grants, she will be participating in her first American Museum exhibition at the Neuburger Museum (New York)

about the artist: Ivana Brenner was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through out her adolescence, she lived between the city of Buenos Aires and her family’s hometown of Baradero, in the countryside. She received a rigorous traditional education at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, where she graduated with honors from Universidad de Buenos Aires (2004).

about the artist: Ward Yoshimoto commingles American and Japanese traditions and craftsmanship in his deft assemblages of found objects. Referencing Dada, Surrealism, and Pop, as well as the turbulent social and political landscape of his youth, Yoshimoto’s wry constructions address an ongoing history of cultural displacement with equal parts iconoclastic brio and meditative, almost obsessive rigor. In this singular brand of contemporary suburban folk art, cocktail stirrers, crucifixes, clocks, and pool balls assume formations as whimsical as they are poignant—the detritus of the American Dream washed ashore, picked over, and reassembled in an attempt to piece together a sense of identity amid the constant flux of contemporary life.

Guerra de la Paz, Money Makes The Man (Divitiae Virum Faciunt, Latin 1684) 2007, mix media sculpture with custom thee piece suit, 20x55x15in (51x140x28cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Guerra de la Paz, Power Tie (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), 2007, mix media with mens ties, 138in. in length (351cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Guerra de la Paz, Don't Tread on Me (dueling snakes), 2007, mix media with mens ties, 14x21x23in each (36x53x61cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Guerra de la Paz, Joe Series, 2005-07 archival digital print, 25 images in total, edition of 10, 11x14in or 30x40in (28x36cm or 76x102cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Anke Bauer, M39a, 2004, oil on canvas, 65x57in (165x145cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

Justine Reyes, The Mask Series, 2004, C-print, edition of 5, 30x40in or 20x24in (76x102cm or 51x61cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Ivana Brenner, Sin Titulo (petroleo), 2005, solidified oil paint on laser-cut acrylic base, 29x31x3in (73x80x6cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York
Ward Yoshimoto, Look Out, 2007, Mixed Media Assemblage, 40x5x5in (100x38x38cm)
Images courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York