RODEO Istanbul

January 29 – March 6, 2010

Altogether Elsewhere

Andy Coolquitt, Jason Dodge, Haris Epaminonda, Cevdet Erek, Jason Kalogiros, Jim Lambie, Rupert Norfolk, Sergei Paradjanov, Eftihis Patsourakis, Nathalie Rebholz, Mungo Thomson

It is believed by some that the mythical ‘flying carpet’ of Central folk tradition stems from the use of Harmel (Perganum Harmala) or Syrian Rue, a psychoactive plant, in the red dye found in ancient weavings. It is thought that Harmel, a woody perennial shrub with small white flowers, ingested through history by different cultures in different ways, not only formed the basis of ‘Turkish Red’ dyes but also inspired the designs in which they were used with its hallucenogenic properties.

Altogether Elsewhere takes this belief as a starting point to explore ‘psychedelia’ in contemporary art practice. Avoiding clichés of psychedelia that simply adopt bright colours and refer to synthetic, laboratory produced hallucenogens, the exhibition instead attempts to frame apparently opposing conceptual, craft or media-led practices and design within a timeless art history that goes back to the shamanic, drug induced rituals of prehistory.

This is the second incarnation of this evolving exhibition. The first was held at the Zoo Art Fair in London in October, 2009.

Jason Kalogiros, Black & White Floral, gelatin-silver photogram, 2007. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Jason Kalogiros, Black & White Floral, gelatin-silver photogram, 2007. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Cevdet Erek, Shore Scene Soundtrack, carpet & video (2006) & three drawings & one book, 2008. (Right) Sergei Paradjanov, The Color of Pomegranates, film on monitor, 88 min., 1969. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Cevdet Erek, Shore Scene Soundtrack, carpet & video (2006) & three drawings & one book, 2008. (Right) Sergei Paradjanov, The Color of Pomegranates, film on monitor, 88 min., 1969. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Jason Dodge, Above the Weather, 2008. In Bahçeköy, İstanbul, Turkey, Nermin Arat knitted a piece of cloth. She was asked to chose yarn the color of night and equaling the distance (12 km) from the earth to above the weather. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Jason Dodge, Above the Weather, 2008. In Bahçeköy, İstanbul, Turkey, Nermin Arat knitted a piece of cloth. She was asked to chose yarn the color of night and equaling the distance (12 km) from the earth to above the weather. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Jason Dodge, Above the Weather, 2008. (Right) Cevdet Erek, Shore Scene Soundtrack, carpet & video (2006) & three drawings & one book, 2008. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Jason Dodge, Above the Weather, 2008. (Right) Cevdet Erek, Shore Scene Soundtrack, carpet & video (2006) & three drawings & one book, 2008. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Andy Coolquitt, Endless Lighter, found cigarette lighters, epoxy, 2008. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Andy Coolquitt, Endless Lighter, found cigarette lighters, epoxy, 2008. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Rupert Norfolk, Pixelweave, Aubusson tapestry, 2005. (Right) Jim Lambie, Psychedelic Soul Stick 73, bamboo, wire, coloured thread, necklace, Ace of Spades playing card, green feather, Marlboro light packet, 105 x 8 x 8 cm, 2009. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

(Left) Rupert Norfolk, Pixelweave, Aubusson tapestry, 2005. (Right) Jim Lambie, Psychedelic Soul Stick 73, bamboo, wire, coloured thread, necklace, Ace of Spades playing card, green feather, Marlboro light packet, 105 x 8 x 8 cm, 2009. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Eftihis Patsourakis, Portrait, found cigarette butts, 2005. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Eftihis Patsourakis, Portrait, found cigarette butts, 2005. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Andy Coolquitt, Jason Dodge, Haris Epaminonda, Cevdet Erek, Jason Kalogiros, Jim Lambie, Rupert Norfolk, Sergei Paradjanov, Eftihis Patsourakis, Nathalie Rebholz, Mungo Thomson: Altogether Elsewhere. January 29 – March 6, 2010
Haris Epaminonda, Untitled #04 c/j, paper collage, 2009. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010

Haris Epaminonda, Untitled #04 c/j, paper collage, 2009. Installation view, Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 2010