Bahar Yürükoğlu

Using photography, video, sound and installation, Bahar Yürükoğlu’s practice oscillates between the two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional space, investigating the possibility of translation from one to the other. In her photographic practice, she reconsiders landscape photography as a genre by staging temporary interventions in natural environments.

She records spaces desaturated from the human-made where she becomes highly aware of the cultural conditioning. She intervenes the natural environment with artificial materials such as mirrors and colorful plexi sheets. Yürükoğlu’s work examines the contemporary societal space that requires existing somewhere between a state of utopia and dystopia. Artist’s work challenges physical and conceptual perceptions while pointing to the tension between real and fake, natural and artificial, desire and repulsion.

Born in 1981 in Washington DC, Bahar Yürükoğlu earned her MFA in 2011 from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston and her BFA in photography in 2003 from the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Selected solo shows include “Maybe I’d Like to Be Like You”, curated by Gökcan Demirkazık, artSümer, Istanbul (2017); “Flow Through”, curated by Duygu Demir, ARTER, Istanbul (2016); “Self-Titled”, curated by Berçin Damgacı, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (2014); “Melting North”, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (2013). Two-person and group exhibitions include “The New Normal”, The Hangar, Beirut, Lebanon (2017); “Asymmetric Kin”, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN (2016); “Bring Your Own Beamer”, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2015); “Intimate Horizons”, curated by Claire Ashley, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (2014); “Drop Shot”, curated by Sarah Moran, Dead Space, Brooklyn, NY (2014); the 2013 Biennial, curated by Lexi Sullivan, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; and “We, Out There”, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2012).
She has been artist-in-residence at La Wayaka Current, Guna Yala, Panama (2017); Kultivera, Tranas, Sweden (2016); the Arctic Circle, Svalbard International Territories (2015); Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, Wyoming (2013) and SIM, the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland (2012). She lives and works in Istanbul.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Maybe I’d like to be like you, artSümer, Istanbul curated by Gokcan Demirkazik
2016 Divide and Conquer, Lock Up International, Istanbul
2016 Flow Through, ARTER, Istanbul, curated by Duygu Demir (catalogue)
2015 this place, maumau works, Istanbul
2014 Neoscapes, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA
2014 Self-Titled, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul curated by Bercin Damgaci (catalogue)
2014 WYOMING, Hallway Gallery, Boston, MA
2013 Melting North, 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions | Screenings

2018 I can’t open the can because my nails are painted, Glasgow International, Glasgow
2018 Capsule, Saint Joseph French High School, Istanbul, curated by Amira Arzik
2016 Asymmetric Kin, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 Bring Your Own Beamer, Pera Museum, Istanbul (screening)
2015 34, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA, curated by Liz Devlin
2015 BLUE, The Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA, curated by Pat Falco
2014 Intimate Horizons, 2-person show with Claire Ashley, curated by Rachel Adams, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (catalogue)
2014 Drop Shot, DEAD SPACE, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Sarah Moran (screening)
2014 Green Screen, kijidome, Boston, MA
2013 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden Biennial, Lincoln, MA, curated by Lexi Sullivan (catalogue)
2012 We, Out There, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012 After Darkness.., Godine Gallery, Mass. College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2011 MFA Thesis Show, Bakalar Gallery, Mass. College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2010 Summer Staged, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
2009 Home, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
2009 Group Show #26, Humble Arts Foundation,
2008 New Directions, Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Portraits, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2004 Hearth & Plow, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Mentors, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Catalogue | Publications

2016 Flow Through | Devridaim, ed. Ilkay Balic, published by ARTER; text by Giuliana Bruno, Duygu Demir, Andrew Jackson, Nevzat Sayin, and Michael Taussig
2014 Self-Titled, exhibition catalogue, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, published by Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, text: 13 Ways of Looking at Bahar Yurukoglu, Edmond Caldwell
2013 deCordova Biennial, Leonie Bradbury, exhibition catalogue, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA

Articles | Interviews

2017 Sarah Jilani, Review: Maybe I’d like to be like you, Art Review Asia, Summer
2017 Erman Ata Uncu, ‘Senin gibi’ olmak icin bir deneme, Hurriyet Newspaper, 17 April
2017 Fatih Ozguven, Bahar Yurukoglu, XOXO The Mag, April
2017 Denis Paley, Interview, Silent Magazine, April
2017 Huo RF, Interview; Maybe I’d like to be like you, Art Unlimited, 29 March
2017 Kaya Genc, ‘The natural’ and ‘man-made’: a love story, Daily Sabah, 17 March
2017 Gamze Kantarcioglu, Maybe we’d just like to be ourselves, Istanbul Art News, March
2016 Stephanie Bailey, Flow Through; Geopolitics on the Edge, Art Papers, Nov/Dec
2016 Michelle Meirer (ed.) Foundry Journal, December, Issue 2
2016 Fiona Vilmer, Interview, Scandale Project, September
2016 Sarah Jilani, Flow Through, Art Review, May
2016 Gokcan Demirkazik, The Artist Bringing Neon Icebergs to the Arctic Circle, May 16
2016 Natasha Stallard, The Artist Using Neon Geometry as a Means of Escapism,, April 16
2016 Mine Kaplangi, Interview,, 31 March
2015 Leah Triplett Harrignton, Elsewhere, Big, Red, and Shiny, 16 December
2015 die Welt Bilder Welt, Bahar Yurukoglu, Germany, 21 September
2015 Frederike Wetzels, Bahar Yurukoglu uber Neon und Plexiglas, Intro Magazine, 27 April 2015 Didem Sandikci, Consumer Utopia, Artam Magazine, Jan/ Feb
2014 Didem Sandikci, Surreal Places, Artam Magazine, October
2014 Penelope Decordova, On The Edge of Color, Farenheit Magazine, Mexico, 6 June
2014 Edmond Caldwell, Studio Visit Bahar Yurukoglu, Big Red & Shiny, 26 March
2013 Amazing in Control, Wallpaper Magazine, November
2012 Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Floating Neon Color Fields,, 3 January 2011 New Artist Feature, David Frey,, Issue 77, 21 September
2011 Cate McQuaid , 5 Young Artists to Watch, Boston Globe, 29 April

Artist Residency
2017 La Wayaka Current, Guna Yala, Panama
2016 Kultivera, Tranas, Sweden
2015 The Arctic Circle, Svalbard Territories, Arctic Circle, Northern Territories
2014/15 maumau works , Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, Wyoming
2012 SIM, the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland

2011 Emerging Artist Grant, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA