Ardan Özmenoğlu is an Istanbul based contemporary artist known of her versatile approach towards the mediums and subjects she works with. Focusing on painting, illustration and object design she’s been exhibited across the world in over 40 different exhibitions in the last 10 years. Her previous work includes neon lighting, large scale glass sculptures as well as her most well-known work with Post-it notes. Often playful, never shy, Özmenoğlu’s work is easily approachable while being socio-politically critical. Cleverly referencing history and traditional visual imaginary, she combines the age-old practice of printing with modern colors and glitter on paper in her ‘Ottoman Paper Carpets by Ardan Özmenoğlu exhibition.
A collaboration originally proposed by Europapier Austria was produced together with Viadukt Screen Prints, who offered it’s supported via Ardan Özmenoğlu’s artist residency last summer. During which she worked with the topic of traditional ottoman carpets, a concept she had wanted to work with for some time already. Having been able to choose from the vast range of design papers, the exhibited work includes various shades of IQ Color, Crush, Remake, Twill, Via Felt, Glama Basic, Color Style, Cromatico, Black, Fluo Poster, Galaxy Metallic as well as Munken Kristall, each used as a screen printing canvas for Özmenoğlu’s contemporary take on the traditional ottoman carpet. A connection between the artwork and the technique used to create them is a strong element in the overall exhibition as the works are displayed in Viadukt Screen Prints premises where they were created. The eminent juxtaposition created with centuries-old patterns in a rainbow range of glitter and neon, create a rich and dominant visual experience hard to dismiss. The works are full of detail and texture, overwhelming at times but undeniably spellbinding. Watch below a behind-the-scenes video by Lisa Langmantel of the artist at work, and make sure to visit the exhibition before this Sunday.