The Visual
Mantras of
Ardan
Özmenoglu

“It is known that, by these 3D post-it portraits I create cult aphorismas, political humour and powerful play with the viewer. Silkscreen printing is used in the process prior to the invention of polyester mesh.”

Ardan Özmenoglu is a versatile Turkish contemporary artist who works in a wide range of mediums including large-scale glass sculptures, works on Post-It® notes and neon lighting. Since her first exhibition in 2006, her unique work has been featured in over forty exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad including Istanbul, Berlin and Croatia.

Özmenoğlu adheres hundreds of post-it notes to her canvases and then silk-screens colorful, pop-inspired imagery on top to create a three-dimensional surface. This singular composition made out of a multitude of similar parts lends the work a formal variety and literal depth. After the canvas undergoes the printing process, each post-it note can behave differently. Some can lay completely flat, while others can curl up and reveal their true colors peaking out from under the overlaid images. The work’s three-dimensional depth also translates into a depth of meaning—on the surface, it is colorful, lighthearted and extremely fun, yet an entirely different character and tone threatens to eclipse these surface appearances from underneath.

Her playful work, ripe with sociopolitical commentary, challenges the viewer to reconsider familiar images, products and ideas. She cleverly uses ubiquitous items, Post-It® notes, to create pieces of art that unite seemingly opposing ideas: the past and the present, art history and contemporary art trends, creativity and consumerism, repetition and individuality, the whole and the fragmented. She unites the centuries old practice of printing with modern colors, glitters, paper and images. Her brightly colored, bold art forces the viewer to consider everyday objects and ideas in a different light. The result is anything but predictable.

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* Ankara, TR 1979

Education

2006 Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, M.F.A.
2002 Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, B.F.A.

Residencies

2010 KulturKontakt , Vienna
2008 Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium
2008 Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V. , Berlin
2007 Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Hajde, Haydi, Let’s go, Galerija Bačva, Zagreb, HR
BARBAR AGA GHETTO GHETTO, Galerie Frank Pagès, Genève, CH
Art ist my husband, GPL Contemporary, Vienna, AUT
Degmesin yagliboya // watch out, Gallery Ilayda, Istanbul, TR
2014 Sculptures, ALAN Istanbul, Istanbul, TR
2013 I was born in Ankara, Siyah Beyaz Gallery, Ankara, TR
2012 E PLURIBUS UNUM, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York, USA
“Made in Turkey”, Casa Dell’Arte, Bodrum, TR
2kg.5, Siyah Beyaz Gallery, Ankara
2011 I’m not a Biennial Artist, Ekav Art Gallery, Istanbul
Very Contemporary!, Maçka Modern Art Gallery, Istanbul
2010 Political Arena, Daire Sanat, Cihangir, Istanbul
Taxi Driver, ALANistanbul, Istanbul
1 bird, 2 birds, 3 birds, AC Institute, New York
Things on my mind, Ekav Art Gallery, Istanbul
2009 Dékolleté, Ilayda Art Gallery, Istanbul
2008 It’s either Istanbul conquers me or I conquer Istanbul, Gallery Play Studio, Istanbul
Play Revisited, Galerie IAC Berlin, Berlin

Group Exhibitions

2014 CIRCUMSTANCES FAVORABLE TO NATURAL SELECTION, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, RO
City Senses, Open Space Istanbul, London, UK
Washsalon, Fast and Clean, Salon Neucologne, Berlin, GER
Autonomous and Beatiful, Aksanat, Istanbul, TR
Scope NewYork, Mark Hackem Gallery, New York, USA
2013 The Ideology of the Image, ALAN Istanbul, Istanbul, TR
Art Basel Scope, Siyah Beyaz Gallery, Basel, CH
Little bit of history deleting, Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna, AUT
Group Exhibtion Episode !, NarArt Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TR
2012 New Prints 2012/Winter, IPCNY, New York
2011 Just Press Print!, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA.
Art Unlimited, ALANIstanbul, Basel.
Halfway, HDLU Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb, Croatia.
Confessions on Dangerous Minds curated by Artnesia, Saatchi Gallery, London
We cannot be a couple, Herz Fondation, Vienna, Austria.
Art of defence, Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey.
2010 Handle with care. The second exhibition of the CARTE BLANCHE PROJECT UNICREDIT STUDIO, Milan, I
70th State Exhibition on Paintings & Sculptures, Printing Competition, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Fine Arts, CERMODERN, Center of Modern Arts, Ankara, TR
The Huma Kabakçı Collection, Modern Hungarian Museum, Pecs, HU
The 2nd Canakkale Biennial; Fictional Realities, Transformations, Çanakkale, TR
The Huma Kabakçı Collection, Mönchehaus Museum for Modern Arts, Goslar, GER
Ausstellung 2/4, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna, AUT
The Huma Kabakçı Collection, Othaus Museum Hagen, GER
Who’s afraid of Ornament? curated by Natasha Kurchanova, NurtureArt Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Stuck up, curated by Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, NewYork, USA
CDA@play, CASA DELL’ARTE Gallery, Istanbul, TR
2009 IPCNY exhibition New Prints – Part I, The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
BAC! Pandora’s Box- International Festival of Contemporary Art, X edition, CCCB
Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Barcelona, ES
New Prints 2009/Autumn, IPCNY, New York, USA
Nurture Art 2009 Benefit, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, USA
That was then…, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, USA
The code is Istanbul, curated by Beral Madra, Point Hotel Istanbul, TR
The International Art Exchange Exhibit: Featuring works by artists from 10 cities around the World, Incheon, KR
I am alone, but, curated by Denizhan Özer, Daire Art Gallery, Istanbul, TR
The Art Market/Art Bazaar Summer, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, USA
New Prints 2009/Summer, Portraits: In Pursuit of likeness, IPCNY,New York, USA
28th Contemporary Artists Istanbul Exhibition, Turkish Painting & Sculpture Museum Association hosted by Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, TR
New Prints 2009/Winter, Anchor Graphics&Columbia College Chicago for Global Implications: Southern Graphics Council Conference 2009, Chicago, USA
XXV Jubilee International Festival Sarajevo Winter 2009, Organic Art Life, Sarajevo, Bosna I Herzigova, BIH
New Prints 2009/Winter, International Print Center New York, USA
2008 Play Revisted, Galerie IAC Berlin, Berlin, GER
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition, Agora Gallery, New York, USA
Art is my playground, Kucuk Ciftlik Entertainment Park, Istanbul, TR
2007 Buca Education Faculty 2nd International Visual Arts İzmir Biennial, İzmir, TR
1st Contemporary Artists Meeting, Ilayda Art Gallery Istanbul, TR
Young Artists, Istanbul Modern Arts Gallery, Istanbul, TR
Monotype Marathon 2007, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA, USA
Anonymous Drawings I, Blütenweiss, Berlin, GER
2006 Mixed placement inside the gallery, Piramid Art Gallery, Istanbul, TR
Ateliers of Alexandria, AAW International Workshop Exhibition, Assembly of Artists and Writers, Alexandria, EG
The 25th Contemporary Artists Istanbul Exhibition, Turkish Painting and Sculpture Museum Association hosted by Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, TR
4th International Student Triennial, Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts,Istanbul, TR
Feiticio- Object Petitio- Fetishism, Bilkent University, Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Exhibition Hall. Ankara, TR
Silkscreens from the Silkroad: Student Prints from Bilkent University, Puryear Hall, University of Richmond. USA