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Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
updated: 09/24/2013
website: baykalrollins.blogspot.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Iconoclast VIII
Iconoclast 1V
Iconoclast I (22:00)
Iconoclast VII
Iconoclast VI
Iconostasis (installation view)
Negative White Flag (from the Iconostasis series)
Homs (from the Iconostasis series)
Negative Chandelier (from the Iconostasis series)
Head (from the Iconostasis series)
Negative Deer (from the Iconostasis series)
Branch (from the Iconostasis series)
Negative Aircraft (from the Iconostasis series)
Deer (from the Iconostasis series)
Tree (from the Iconostasis series)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  political, conceptual, social criticism, meditative, biomorphic, collage, documentary, memory, process, site-specific
 
 
Iconoclast VIII by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconoclast VIII
Charcoal on burned posters
2012
18 ½ " x  26 " 
Iconoclast 1V by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconoclast 1V
Charcoal on burned posters
2012
26 ½ " x  19 " 
Iconoclast I (22:00) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconoclast I (22:00)
Charcoal on burned posters
2012
27" x  19" 
Iconoclast VII by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconoclast VII
Charcoal on burned posters
2012
21 ½ " x  13" 
Iconoclast VI by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconoclast VI
Charcoal on burned posters
2012
10" x  26" 
Iconostasis (installation view) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Iconostasis (installation view)
Charcoal, varnish, Japanese paper on canvas, and video
2012
Dimensions variable
Negative White Flag (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Negative White Flag (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish, and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
63" x  37 ½ " 
Homs (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Homs (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
38" x  51" 
Negative Chandelier (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Negative Chandelier (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
36 ½ " x  45" 
Head (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Head (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
30" x  22" 
Negative Deer (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Negative Deer (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
39 ½ " x  27 ½ " 
Branch (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Branch (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
27 ½ " x  20" 
Negative Aircraft (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Negative Aircraft (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
35" x  41" 
Deer (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Deer (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
32 ½ " x  29 ½ " 
Tree (from the Iconostasis series) by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins
Tree (from the Iconostasis series)
Charcoal, varnish and Japanese paper on canvas
2012
59" x  35 ½ " 

Artist Statement

The work in this portfolio is comprised of selections from my recent exhibition and performance at the Kasa Gallery in Istanbul called “Ikon”.  This project explores the power invested in iconic images within contemporary culture and society, and consists of three interlinked parts: (1) “Iconoclast” drawings (2) “Iconostasis” installation of drawings, and (3) “Icon”, a performance.

 

“Ikon” questions uses of signs that blur the boundaries between culture, politics and religion. On May 1, 2012 while hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Istanbul to speak out and demonstrate, I created a silent action by removing political statements hung on the city’s walls along with posters of popular culture events. The “Iconoclast” works were created by burning, deforming, and drawing upon these layers of iconic imagery from everyday social and political life, exploring the way certain signs become recycled again and again through different contexts. Highlighting the artist’s role as both image maker and iconoclast who challenges established dogmas and conventions, these drawings were eventually printed as posters and hung as a site-specific installation on the very same walls of the city from which the original material came.

 

An iconostasis is an icon-covered screen that symbolically represents the threshold between the worlds of the seen and unseen, and is a central feature in Eastern churches. Similarly, the “Iconostasis” installation combines multiple drawings into a constructed reality where various forms rendered in positive and negative emerge out of darkness, creating a visual push-pull between minimal black surface and lens-like realism.

 

The “Icon” performance parallels the two installations, utilizing many of the same symbols, both visually in the form of banners, flags and placards reproducing images from the drawings, and a spoken text which interweaves excerpts from Arab Spring speeches into a poetic discourse on the drastic political changes of today.

Artist Bio / CV

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins is an American artist living in Istanbul for the past decade. His drawing-based works utilize a variety of media including painting, photography, video, installation, performance, and poetry. His recent exhibition and performance at the Kasa Gallery in Istanbul called “Ikon” is the subject of a forth-coming book published by Leonardo Journal and MIT Press, with essays by Ernesto Pujol, et al. Baykal-Rollins is the director of “Silsila”, a performance art and social sculpture collective, and his project “Whose Silence Are You?” was acquired in 2012 by Istanbul’s SALT Museum for its permanent collection.

 

Born in Santa Barbara, California in 1966, Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins completed a BFA in visual art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and received an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His drawings and paintings appear on the covers of dozens of books, and have been featured in the Turkish motion picture “Kucuk Kiyamet”. Having taught art at the University of California, Baykal-Rollins now teaches intermedia at Bosphorus University and visual art at Robert College in Istanbul.