The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus
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.
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.