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 received 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, the Contemporary Art's Center 40th Anniversary Show, the Aqua Art Fair, Governor’s Island Art Center, the New Institute in Rotterdam, the Onsite Gallery in Toronto and the Inaugural Bywater Biennial. 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 Gokturk 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.
Jazz Fest 2017- First Weekend
May 19-21 Bayou Boogaloo
My Studio in the Bywater
Southern Abstraction Part One and Two at the Old 77 Hotel and Where Y'Art Gallery.
“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