I have been drawing, making and taking things apart since I was very young. Growing up, the most ordinary things seemed spectacular. They still do. I have an overwhelming desire to share and express the immediacy I sense in the extraordinary, similar to the way I did when I was young.
Nurhan Gokturk is an artist and urban designer. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Nurhan immigrated to New York City at the age of three. Raised in Queens and Brooklyn and educated in the public school system, he went on to receive a Master's Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. His projects have been featured at the Venice Biennale, Buenos Aires International Biennial of Architecture, Aqua Art Fair (Miami), GLOBAL Design (London), Contemporary Art's Center New Orleans 40th Anniversary Show, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Governor’s Island Art Center (NYC), the New Institute in Rotterdam, the Onsite Gallery in Toronto and the Inaugural Bywater Biennial. His work has also been exhibited in Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Detroit, London, Toronto, Vienna, as well as, across France, Germany and the United States. He has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, Gambit's Top 40 under 40, was Interviewed on NPR and awarded the Architizer A+ Award. Nurhan coordinated the first major Habitat for Humanity Buckminster Fuller Design Science Exhibition in Istanbul.
Nurhan is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Instant, Immediate and Identifiable.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
Drawing extraordinary events in everyday affairs.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Breath. Breath. Breath.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Anywhere I can.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Most of the people around me.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Lil Wayne singing "Let the good times roll" to the trumpet of Jeremy Davenport on the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
At the Frenchmen Art Market or drinking coffee near my house in New Orleans or Brooklyn.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Anytime I can see the Sun the Moon or the Stars. LOL.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
As a teenager, I played roller hockey for Queen of Angels in New York.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
My Studio in the Bywater
“A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture at the Contemporary Arts Center August 6 - October 1
The Venice Biennale
The Inaugural Bywater Biennial
The Art Aqua Fair
New Orleans Art Center
The Frenchmen Art Market
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival First Weekend in Louisiana Marketplace
Jonahtan Ferrara Gallery