BOOTH 21 A
21 September – 10 December 2018
Aria Art Gallery is pleased to present “Booth 21/A”, a collective exhibition; featuring the works of Gencay Kasapçı, Angelo Brescianini, Carole Feuerman, Fabrizio Corneli, Michelangelo Bastiani, Zhuang Hong Yi and Frank Wackerbarth.
“Booth 21A” is the title inspired by the method used at the art fairs to assign a space for each participating art gallery where they showcase their artist’s works. In fact, “booth”, the word origin, date back to the mid-12th century, refers to a temporary structure made of wooden boards, for the sale of various goods. In an art fair, a booth should easily be ndable by the visitors in the network of dierently sized rooms popped up just for the duration of this short event. Therefore, it is followed by a number and/or a letter – just like a number of a building, such an identication system, used to inform the visitors about the exact location of every gallery on the map of the fair, like the map of a city. The number 21/A; chosen for the title is indicating Aria Art Gallery’s street number: Bogazkesen Cad. 21/A. For this reason, the gallery decided to create a collective exhibition that is simultaneously happening with the Contemporary Istanbul, one of the most important art events in the city.
In the last 20 years, art fairs have become increasingly popular and more prolic due to the demand of collectors, gallerists, artists, journalists, and art-goers to attend an event where they can meet hundreds of galleries at the same time, instead of visiting a number of galleries spread throughout the city. Such tendency is in a way decreasing the level of galleries’ activities, and with this project, Aria Art Gallery would like to bring the attention back to the identity of the gallery that is certainly related to its physical location.