Artist Chris Doyle has been selected to receive the The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize, it was announced today. Created to fund the acquisition of an artwork exhibited at Moving Image Istanbul art fair for The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, the prize is being awarded for the first time to Doyle, whose artwork Waste_Generation (2011) can be viewed at the fair through September 28, 2014. Chris Doyle is repesented by Catharine Clark Gallery, of San Francisco, CA, which describes the award-winning artwork as follows:
“Doyle’s video is both a mesmerizing metamorphosis of form and color, as well as a meditation on contemporary collapse. Long inspired by Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire series (1833-36), Waste_Generation is the second piece in a larger project in which Doyle reinterprets Cole’s paintings into modern-era tales of ecological degradation and renewal.
Waste_Generation is based on Desolation, the final picture of a civilization in ruins which concludes Cole’s masterwork. While Cole romanticized the agrarian landscape at the dawn of industrial revolution, Doyle in turn comments on the late 20th century industrial landscape during the emergence of digital culture. The video focuses on the relationship between nature and our cultural conceptions of nature as expressed in painting, architecture, and currency design. Falling trees transform themselves into bleak factory silhouettes spewing technicolor clouds. Computers, oil drills and other obsolete tools filling a dump site dissolve into a smokestack choking the skies with dollar bills. The film concludes with a shifting kaleidoscope of beautiful, abstract shapes that slowly pixilate into a very real reminder that waste cannot be ignored. In Doyle’s words, “First I wanted to explore the way ornament has been used throughout history, and across civilizations, as a cultural representation of nature. Secondly, while the generation of waste is basically destructive, it serves a tremendous creative urge that is ultimately, and gloriously the essence of being human.” The video holds in tension the notion of man’s drive to create and the corollary production of waste that accompanies the creative act. Joe Arcidiacono, Doyle’s longtime collaborator, composed the somber and plaintive soundscape accompanying the video.”
Moving Image Co-founders Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman noted, “We are so pleased that the The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize affords the team at Borusan Contemporary the opportunity to preview all the work in the Moving Image Istanbul art fair. The selection process is a great way for each gallery to have their artist’s work viewed by one of the best collections of video art in the world. We are delighted for Chris Doyle that his work has been selected for their collection, and wish to thank everyone at Borusan for their generous support of our inaugural edition of Moving Image Istanbul.”
About Borusan Contemporary
Founded in 2011 Borusan Contemporary is the leading platform for media arts in Turkey. Housed in the historic Perili Köşk mansion on the European shore of the upper Bosphorous, it consists of two gallery spaces for temporary exhibitions and new commissions as well as an extensive ‘Office Museum’ for the display of curated selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection. The Borusan Contemporary art collection includes nearly 600 artworks encompassing such diverse media as oil paintings, sculpture, video art, installations, new media, print editions, light art and photography. It contains print editions by Jim Dine, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt; light art installations by Brigitte Kowanz, Keith Sonnier, François Morellet and Doug Aitken; paintings by Peter Zimmermann, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Markus Linnenbrink; as well as sculptures by Liam Gillick, Manfred Wakolbinger and Ernest Trova. Artists such as Zimoun, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, U-Ram Choe, Daniel Rozin and Daniel Canogar are featured in the Collection’s new media segment, and Monika Bravo, Marina Zurkow, Kutluğ Ataman and Manfred Mohr are standout names in the video art section.
About Moving Image Istanbul
Moving Image Istanbul 2014 takes place September 25-28, 2014. Located in the Kuleli Building, Haliç Congress Center Sütlüce Mah. Karaagaç Cad. No.19 34445, Beyoglu, Istanbul / TURKEY, Moving Image will be free to the public and open for our Vernissage Thursday, September 25, 2014, 17:00 – 21:00; Friday – Saturday, September 26-27, 2014, 12:00 – 20:00; and on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 – 18:00.
Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Participation is by invitation only. The newly formed Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee for Istanbul 2014 is inviting a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions to present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations.