The foundation of Ardan Özmenolu’s art springs forth from the idea of repetition as it investigates the process of image consumption, history and permanence in relation to mass production, ritual and accompanying psychological states. Özmenolu’s investigation into our consumption of images splits off into two independent yet complimentary impulses. In some of pieces, repetition provides social commentary; in others, it conjures a feeling of ritual and a more personal space for a contemplative mood.
Özmenolu subjects images to reproduction on that most ubiquitous yet disposable of modern conveniences, the Post-it note. Social commentary enters into the experience as the images eventually curl and fall away.
About the Artist
Ardan Özmenolu (born in Turkey, 1979) lives and works in Istanbul and New York. She obtained her BFA in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design as well as her MFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University, Turkey. She was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V. Berlin and Frans Maserell Centrum in Belgium. She contributed to several exhibitions since 2002. Her recent projects are site-specific screen print installations, which incorporate architecture and sculpture, using materials such as glass and post-it notes.
Image courtesy the artist.