The Jaunt #010 - Niels 'Shoe' Meulman
1 colour, hand pulled, screen print.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
50 x 70 cm, frame not included.
Istanbul is one of the most populous cities in the world with its 14 million inhabitants, although it can quickly feel like it's closer to 20 million people in the always buzzing city. It's thriving, exciting, rich of history and the gate way between Europe and Asia. The city was founded as Byzantium in 660 BC, and served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires. Nowadays it's not only a major tourist destination, but also one of the fastest growing metropolitan economies in the world. The rich diversity between the cultural past and present of Istanbul give the city its unique character.
A little word from Shoe
"A long time ago a friend of mine went to Istanbul. He's been telling me ever since that I should go and visit to experience it myself. When I was approached by The Jaunt and I was told I had to go somewhere I had never been before, Istanbul was the first thing that came to mind. I got to paint a mural at the Krampf gallery, which provided me with a job to do while I was in town. Being able to work in a city makes you experience the real day-to-day life. You get to see all the different shops, talk with the people and find real local stuff. I was even finally able to find myself a spirograph. I’ve been looking for them everywhere but couldn’t find them.
For my print I became inspired by the many patterns and shapes I found around Istanbul. Of course there is a lot of Arabic calligraphy to be found here but the omnipresent patterns have really caught my eye. Gates, fences, walls; there are a lot of barriers everywhere to keep people and things out (or in), often decorated with a spiral barbed wire. Lately I've been making pieces with just one or two brush strokes with a broom or brush. While being in Istanbul and studying all of the patterns I saw around me I realised that to make this octogram, an 8 pointed star, it only takes two squares. So with a flat brush you can get that on paper in two strokes. People make all kinds of connections with these patterns and symbols, but to me they are just shapes without any meaning. When I see these shapes and patterns it makes me think of Istanbul.
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