Rosier Gallery is pleased to present the color photographs in Murat Germen's Muta-morphosis from January 5 - April 30, 2012. These large-format, digitally altered images have been captured since 2010 in the ongoing series. This exhibition marks the first time Rosier Gallery has shown the artist's work.
Murat Germen creates extraordinary photographs of ordinary urban vistas to spark the viewer's inquisitiveness through this unusual view of familiar surroundings. As an urban planner and architect, the artist sees the city environment as a dynamic living organism that constantly evolves. Our great cities are changed and ultimately re-invented by the interplay of history, individual people, communities, globalization, economic imperatives and numerous other factors.
Muta-morphosis, the artist's conception synthesizing mutation and metamorphosis, is reflected within the series by digitally manipulating the images across one axis. The alteration of only the horizontal axis offers the familiarity of recognition, coupled with the intrigue of difference, to encapsulate this urban evolution in which certain characteristics persist and others perish. A great city incorporates this myriad of traits, which originate from different sources and at different times, or what the artist terms "the co-existence of slices of time."
This concept of art as reflecting different times and elements, while contrary to the western art tradition, references the Ottoman miniature tradition. Created to illustrate manuscripts, these richly colored works could combine multiple time periods and spaces. While Muta-morphosis originated with works capturing Istanbul and other cities within Turkey, these concepts are not exclusively within that country, but equally embodied in cities around the world. Reflecting this, the series has expanded to include worldwide urban environments, reminding all of us that while differences enrich our individual experiences, commonality connects us all as global citizens.
Murat Germen's photography has been included in over forty solo and group exhibits in Turkey, the United States, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Portugal, Uzbekistan, the Netherlands, Greece, Japan, Russia, Iran, India, France, Canada and Bahrain. Over 50 editions of the artist's work are in private and museum collections including the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art. His photographs have received awards from the International Photography Awards, in the IVRPA panoramic photography contest and in Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3). Both Christies and Sotheby's have successfully auctioned images in the Muta-morphosis series. The series was also recently featured in GUP - Guide to Unique Photography magazine. After graduating from the Technical University of Istanbul in 1987, where he was awarded First Prize as the top-ranking undergraduate student, Murat Germen attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Scholarship. Upon graduating with a Master of Architecture degree in 1992, he earned the American Institute of Architect's Henry Adams Medal which is presented to the top-ranking graduate in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Murat Germen was born in 1965 and currently serves on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Visual Arts and Communication Design program at the Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.