What’s Going On In My World

What’s Going On In My World

And the totals are in!

OK, actually, I did not really do any quantitative data analysis – not in the spirit of fortunetelling, I don’t think; however, it did strike me as odd that the people who came to the Art Fortunetelling sessions (see here for details) kept turning up the same cards.

What are the odds that some cards would be turned up 3 times and others none at all?

I don’t know.  (Ask a statistician or a mathematician or some other kind of ician if you are really interested.)

All I can do is let you in on which cards turned up 3x :

The Journey

yolculuk

 

The Runner

kosacı

 

The Nurse

hemsire

 

Stop!

dur

 

Balance

denge

 

The Golden Ball

altıntop

 

Four Cauldrons

4kazan

Considering that the meaning of each card depends on the other cards in the reading,  and that all readings are subjective, I can’t give a hard-and-fast explanation of what these mean.

Best to just look at them and ask yourself the question that you might ask yourself in the presence of any work of art:

“What do I see here that tells me something about what is going on in my world?”

Return to the Museum

Return to the Museum

When in Ankara, the most important thing to do – the only really important thing to do – is to stop at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

This is definitely one of the best museums in the world.

And it has provided me with tons of inspiration.

This piece – I called it ‘The Turkey Piece” – is something I did nearly about 20 years ago; it was in my first exhibition in Ankara at the Dost Gallery (which, unfortunately, no longer exists).

Turkey piece

It was nice to see on display one of the inspirations for this piece

gold twins

In fact, there were 5 of these cute couples on display – somewhere around 5 cm (2″ ) each.

Another of my favorite objects at the museum is this strange metal tool:

metal top

 

I drew a sketch of it the first time I was at the museum – 1993. A few years ago, during a bit of housecleaning, I found that sketchbook on a shelf among a bunch of other things that were collecting dust, but which I couldn’t throw out. So I decided to cut up that sketchbook and use the parts in my collages…

kolaj2

These are the collages I will be using in a few days for my Art Fortunes.
If you’re in Bodrum and would like more information on this, just click here.

 

18 December in Ankara : International Migrants’ Day / Homesickness (?)

If you’re in Ankara, I’d love to see you…

On the occasion of “18 ARALIK ULUSLARARASI GÖÇMENLER GÜNÜ”,
the Bodrum Kaymakam’s Office invited me, along with 4 other ‘yabancı‘, to attend an evening event at the
Vali Galip Demirel Vilayetler Evi / Gölbaşı-ANKARA.
We’ll be showing off the contributions to society made by the Migrants of Bodrum… I’ll have the soundtrack and drawings frommy recent exhibit ‘Homesickness/Sıla Hasreti’ (along with other stuff…). For more on that exhibit, along with a slideshow, you can look under the heading ‘Installations’ (or click here).

DSCN0124

Look Into My Crystal Ball (…er, collage…)

Look Into My Crystal Ball (…er, collage…)

It’s close to the end of another calendar year – what a better time to give a good once-over to the studio, getting all those papers in order…

or at least clear off enough work space so that I can get back to work.

First up: a watercolor drawing for the Emanetçiler web page.

And then finish off a couple of new collages.

And speaking of collages, I thought I’d engage in a little experiment on the cusp of 2015:

Sanat Fali

 

Yes,  inspired by the response to my coffee-cup readings at the Yerleşim Cafe way back when, I decided it was time to get back into the fortunetelling business – this time, with art.

Why not? We’re used to looking closely at a work of art to try to discover the layers of meaning hidden in its deepest, darkest recesses – aren’t we? (Well, aren’t we?)

So, I devised a basic system of telling fortunes from collages – starting with a basic ‘pack’ of 52 ‘cards’. For example,

The Three Trees

Trees

and

Pointy Objects

Pointy objects

And of course all readings are free.

Happy Holidays!

Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) Installation

Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) Installation

title

 

Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) is the name of the installation I created with collaboration from a lot of other people, including

Deniz Defne Acerol (sculptures)

Hope Holtzman (tapestries)

26 students in the 4th-grade class of Jale Toprak, a teacher at Akyarlar Elementary school, whose students I have known since they were in the 1st grade,

and artists from Turkey (Istanbul, Balıkesir, Antalya, Bodrum), Spain, Iceland and the US, who sent original mail art that arrived via traditional post n time for the exhibit, which was held at the Şevket Sabancı Culture Center in Turgutreis-Bodrum from 18-28 November 2014. You can download the catalog here:

Sıla Hasreti Homesickness PPS Catalog

Anyone interested can also contact me for the audio file of students reading their poetry (in Turkish).

Below are some more pictures from the exhibit.

You can also view the mail art one by one by clicking here.

DSCN0117

The sand is from Long Island, the Old Bay seasoning is from Baltimore, the tapestries are from Dereköy and the drawings from Akyarlar.

inst8

The lonely kitty is from Deniz in Istanbul.

 

 

inst7 The photographs and wine cup are from Avanos.

 

inst12

The tapestries are Hope’s from Dereköy

St Louis - Whoopee Bowl

The drawings are of all the places I’ve lived and miss – from St. Louis…

 

 

Aachen - portcullis

to Aachen…

Brooklyn  - Carroll Gardens Neighbors

to Brooklyn.