Arslan Sukan: While You are Surfing
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Arslan Sukan (Ankara, Turkey) graduated from Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University and received his continuing education in photography from New York’s School of Visual Arts. He continued to work as an architect in New York until 2009. After working as an architect, he began his career as an artist in 2009. His works have been exhibited at the Maxxi Museum (Rome), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Triennale Di Milano, Maison des Metallos (Paris), 511 (NYC),Kappatos Gallery, Batagianni Gallery (Athens), NYPH New Visionaries Tobacco Factory (New York), Araart (Seoul), Galerist and Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art (Istanbul). Sükan lives and works in New York and Istanbul.




ISTANBUL’74, is pleased to present Arslan Sukan’s solo show ‘While you are surfing’, on view April 16th – May 24th, 2015 at ISTANBUL’74 Karakoy. Sukan’s new photographic body of work explores the conscious and unconscious gestures between the physical and digital worlds. In collaboration with GALERIST, ‘While you are surfing’ meets the local audience at ISTANBUL’74 Karakoy, right after New York.

The physical gestures that make up our interactions with touch-screen personal devices are intensely intimate yet abstract signatures of our everyday browsing and messaging patterns. In his While you are surfing series, Arslan Sukan scans the surfaces of digital devices (smartphones) and manipulates the resulting images to isolate and enhance the fingerprints, dust and cracks which mark the screens. Sukan separates the intimate swipes and taps of screen navigation from any digital content, enlarging the marks to form anonymous and abstract landscapes. Printed on highly reflective metallic paper using an inkjet printer, each piece mirrors the context of its place of display, transforming the physical world and the body of the viewer into virtual content for the image surface. But, unlike fingers on a screen, the reflections leave no physical trace on their object. With While you are surfing, Sukan questions whether our experiences with the digital world, which are mediated through a screen, are any less immediate or complete than our encounters with experiences in physical world.

While you are surfing, Sukan’s engagement with the role of artifice in presenting the real. Through a process that moves from the physical world to digital and back again, his work dissolves distinctions between matter and thought, gesture and image. This ongoing translation of material from one media format into another challenges viewer expectations at every turn.