Catalogue for C24 Gallery
514 West 24th St. New York, NY
Text— Dan Cameron
6.5 x 9 inches
Edition of 1500
Printed in Canada by Prolific Group
Typefaces— Akkurat, Grotzec, Verlag
Excerpt from Double Crescent
This exhibition examines recent work produced by five artists from each of two very distinct cities that nonetheless share key traits; they're two ports squeezed onto protrusions of land where river meets sea, renowned for twisting European imports into unexpected colors and shapes − two exotic relics of easily romanticized colonial pasts. Istanbul and New Orleans today retain more than a little of their legendary reputations for seducing wayfarers with offerings of spices and concubines as well as for unique music and cuisines. Both cities have undergone extraordinary transformations over the past century: from secure centers of empire to relative marginality and then back again to the center, with new identities shaped by the rapidly shifting tides of the world economy.
Last and most importantly, despite (or perhaps because of) their relative isolation from the art capitals of the late 20th century, both New Orleans and Istanbul currently are homes to vibrant contemporary art communities; their sheer creative vitality is in dramatically inverse proportion to the amount of information circulating about them in the world outside their borders. In fact, the total number of New Yorkers who are conversant with the art communities of both cities could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand.