Chris Bond’s work is featured at ARTER: Space for Art in Istanbul, Turkey, alongside works by luminaries such as Salvador Dali, Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, Grayson Perry, Cindy Sherman and James Turrell.
‘Ways of Seeing’ takes its from John Berger’s critical 1972 text on visual culture exploring formalistic strategies that artists employ to re-configure our perception of the world. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, the exhibition posits the surface of the artwork as a space of encounter between the internal aesthetic deliberations of the artist’s creative process and the external often-conditioned gaze of the viewer. The exhibition unfolds along a non-linear temporal thread whereby the viewer’s desire to ‘understand through seeing’ is constantly challenged through artworks that refuse to operate along the rigidity of styles, genres, and so-called ‘isms’. In doing so, we are reminded that ‘the relation between what we see and what we know is never settled’. It is in this inherently political process of searching, that we begin to discover several ways of seeing.