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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he selects are striking enough in their own way, but Gallenkus seems to have a good sense of composition, knowing exactly where to crop and join images for maximum impact. At times he positions shapes and objects in such a way as to appear as though they’re interacting, or at least representing two halves of the same setting. A see-saw becomes the barrel of a tank-mounted cannon, while children from two nations appear almost to be sitting across from one another.

 

In other works, Gallenkus employs a sense of conceptual symmetry, juxtaposing images with different compositions but similar subject matter to make his point.


A collage featuring an image of a crowded well and a Starbucks cupUntitled


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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