Both artists featured on this page—Turkish artist Inci Furni and Russian artist Olga Chenysheva work—in a wide range of different mediums, including film, installation, painting and drawing. and frequently experiment with different styles and techniques; however, the paintings and drawings on this page are simple sketehs and drawings based on the artists’ observations of daily life.
Inci Furni: Fishing
In this series of watercolor paintings, Inci Furni is documenting a popular traditional pastime in Istanbul—fishing from the Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn.
Due to globalization and modernization, Istanbul has changed a lot, so Inci Furni is interested in capturing elements of city life that represent tradition and community. Most of the paintings in the Fishing series were done on-site. To get a clearer picture of this popular pastime, you can see Görkem Keser’s wonderful photo-essay: maptia.com/gorkemkeser/stories/fishing-from-galata-bridge
Mini-bio: Inci Furni was born in Bursa, Turkey and is now based in Istanbul. She studied painting at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul.
Olga Chernysheva: Graphic Performatives
Here are two of the drawings in Olga Chernysheva’s Graphic Performatives series shown during the Venice Biennale 2015. Olga Chernysheva, who is based in Russia, works in wide range of media: film, photography, installation art, painting and drawing (Artist’s website: www.olgachernysheva.ru).
The charcoal-on-paper drawings and sketches in this series simply represent observations of everyday life. They are images of commuters, a pair of birds, a pile of chairs, a main standing beside a tree, visitors at an art museum, a dead wasp. Thus, the above photo of a ram-headed man casually strolling down the street with the early-morning sun casting an elongated shadow behind him likely represents nothing more than a man wearing a giant ram’s head and walking down the street.
You can view the entire exhibition here: Drawings from the Series Graphic Performatives.
In her realistic portraits, her subjects are simply ordinary people momentarily captured doing whatever it is they were doing at that time. It doesn’t matter whether they are rushing off to work, sitting by the seaside, standing around doing nothing or walking down the street wearing a ram’s head. They all have their stories, and their stories are treated with grace and respect…and sometimes with a bit of whimsy.
Mini-bio: Olga Chernysheva was born in Moscow in 1962. She studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and finished a residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
This section includes an art challenge and links to online photo galleries and websites.
Higher resolution images (e.g. 2048 x 1365) can be viewed online at:
- Olga Chernysheva (Flickr): Venice Biennale 2015
- Olga Chernysheva (Google Photos): Venice Biennale 2015
Go out and do a street sketch.
~by text and photos by longzijun
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