This week, we are very excited to share new works by İrfan Önürmen, created while in self-quarantine at home in Istanbul, in his newly devised mini-studio. Building on the style of his recent collage works, Onurmen has created two new series of pieces inspired by the current global crisis, titled Don’t Touch Me! and Signal.
 
With a long career of archiving media images as both inspiration and raw material for works of art examining the impact of digital communication on human identity and reality, Önürmen has been observing examples of current imagery from around the globe that are, to him, tragic reminders of science fiction films, heralding a dystopian world. Images of people attached to machines, wearing strange clothing, coded by numbers and colors to designate their health status (as in China’s Alipay Health Code system)... all of this points to the beginnings of a new system of monitoring and control, as we appear to usher in an isolated, localized and sterilized world.
 
Önürmen has been following the news, while observing images of people who can’t touch each other and are afraid of hugging. He recounts the incident that inspired this new series: “I saw a young woman running for a young man for a hug and he said, ‘Stop,’ because of the virus. The body language of the young woman impacted me a lot. They talked from two meters away, and in that moment I decided to make some works from this emotional impression.”

For his recent works, Önürmen uses drawings, sketches and acrylic media on paper. He breaks their integrity by tearing them — almost destroying them in a sense. “To get a new meaning, I use these torn and shredded pieces to do collage works. I named this collage series, Don’t Touch Me. It is a note for me about these days of quarantine.”
 
For more information about these new works by İrfan Önürmen, please contact Deborah Oster Pannell: deborah@c24gallery.com

 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 1, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 2, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
  
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 3, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 4, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 5, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Don't Touch Me 6, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 16 x 24.4 in. (41 x 62 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Signal 1, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 24.4 x 16 in. (62 x 41 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Signal 2, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 24.4 x 16 in. (62 x 41 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Signal 3, 2020, acrylic on paper, paper collage, 24.4 x 16 in. (62 x 41 cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Untitled I , 2019, paper collage on vinyl, acrylic, 39.4 x 25.6in. (100 x 65cm)
 
 
 
 
 
İrfan Önürmen, Untitled II, 2019, paper collage on vinyl, acrylic, 39.4 x 25.6in. (100 x 65cm)
 
 
 
 
 
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