- OLD HOUSE NEW ART, IZMIR, OCTOBER 2012 - a seven day meeting and old-style-symposium drinking-party-whirl of new places and new faces. Artists as symposiasts is new one on me and we are 20 strong. In the main Turkish artists, from Izmir and flying in from Ankara and Istanbul and Canada. We have a Dane, two Italians; twin sisters, one a painter the other sculpting; an Austrian, a Georgian and a German. I'm the token Brit and for any painting contributions I might make, this is a new working time frame.
My work takes longer than days, my creative processing is slower taking months in gestation, sometimes years, and as often months more in the making. Producing several paintings in a week is unbelievably fast and only the dynamism generated by being amongst artists working together at fever-pace could allow me such profligacy.
I am without the full and reassuringly complicated facilities that my studio affords, without privacy, and with no time to contemplate, to experiment or to fail.
One of 20 crowded cheek by jowl into a beautiful old house ripe for renovation though please not for destruction and redevelopment, my allocated spot, the first floor lobby landing, is a thoroughfare and a meeting place. So, I painted in public in the transience of a crossroad or intersection and almost without knowing it, crosswise, çapraz became the theme and titles for 5 of the seven paintings I tried in the week. The other two, Sweet Miasma I & II, worked up while I made many new art-making friends making New Art in the Old House and enjoyed the boundless generous hospitality of our Turkish hosts.
video by Oliver Feistmantl.... and a lot of friends who helped us to make this possible,...
KATILIMCI SANATCILAR, CEMAL DEMIR, DANIELA NOVELLO, DEMET BARLAS, ENIS AKTAS, KERSTEN THIELER KUECHLE, KEVIN JACKSON, KIRSTEN BALLISAGER, MISHIKO MAKHARADZE, MUSTAFA HORASAN, OLIVER FEISTMANTL, ORHAN UMUT, PATRIZIA NOVELLO, REYHAN ABACIOGLU, SELAHATTIN YILDIRIM, SEMA BARLAS, TARIK GÖK, TUNCAY TOPCU, TÜLAY CELIKEL, VITUS WOLFSTEINER,