12th BOSTON TURKISH FESTIVALSM

Colors of Anatolia
 
OCTOBER 29 - DECEMBER 15, 2007
 
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November 17 - December 15, 2007


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 17
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Artist present

The Howard Thurman Center
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
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Twilight


Topkapi


Tulip

EXHIBITION


SILK ROAD

 
by Artist NEDRET ANDRE



ARTIST STATEMENT


My paintings are about the intersections of different cultural influences.  Being Turkish and born in London, I was privileged to live among diverse traditions.  I began translating both languages and cultural differences at a young age.  I continue to re-interpret cultural and art historical influences in my paintings today. Pattern, traditional crafts, and representational imagery all interconnect in my work. I present many narratives and paint cross-cultural landscapes that reflect my experience of the plural world we live in today.


In the “Silk Road” paintings, I investigate the idea of cultural exchange and interdependence. I am fascinated with this notion of a network of trade routes that connected Central Asia to East Asia and the Mediterranean.   For example, it is amazing to trace the stylized tulip design (which I borrowed from Turkish Tile) and how it was inspired by Asian ceramics and reinterpreted. Later, the tulip designs show up in Victorian ceramics and French textile. In the Silk Road series, I paint imperial palaces, flat patterns, passages through land and water all on the same surface.


There is no “pure” or “original” in my work, only translations and reinterpretations. I paint illusions of shallow space next to deep space and flat symbolic pattern next to fields of color and line.  I am interested in how at the intersections of two different elements a whole new configuration can arise. These transition points provide a platform for re-thinking community. I depict the space of cultural exchange, where one worldview does not over-dominate the other- instead each element relies on one another for continuum.

 


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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17   5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Artist present


VISITING HOURS:

Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday - Thursday  9am-8pm
Friday  9am-2pm
Closed on weekends


Co-presented with the Boston University Howard Thurman Center