everything but the bathing suit brings together images and text developed throughout the artists’ collaborative practice, which began when they met as ship bunkmates on residency in the Arctic Circle in 2018 and continued while together at an inverse archipelago in Panama.
The book brings cropped and overlayed images of objects, scenes and bodies together with transcribed conversations that veer between critical reflections, descriptions of places and nonsense, to create an ambiguous visual narrative. Exploring confinement, dislocation and voyeurism, the artists’ words capture and distort moments in time throughout their journeys.
everything but the bathing suit was launched as part of Index festival, a Yorkshire Sculpture International fringe.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alex Sarkisian is based in Glasgow, UK. She received her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2014, with an exchange to Piet Zwart Institute, and received her BA in Fine Art and Technological Studies from the University of California, Davis in 2012. She was a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow from 2015 – 2017. Selected projects include: -ian (solo), Intermedia Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK, 2018; i can’t open the can because my nails are painted (in collaboration with Bahar Yürükoğlu), Glasgow International 2018; Hope Scott Trust Visual Art Grant, Scotland, 2017; The Arctic Circle Residency, International Territory of Svalbard, 2015; Hospitalfield Arts Graduate Residency, Arbroath Scotland UK, 2014.
Bahar Yürükoğlu is an Istanbul/USA-based artist and the recipient of a 2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She earned her MFA in Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston (2011) and her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2003). Selected projects include: Organ Panic, artSümer, Istanbul, 2019; Vantage Point 7, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019; Coalescence, Angra do Heroísmo Museum, Terceira, 2018; Glasgow International, 2018; and the 2013 Biennial, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Arctic Circle, Svalbard, the Arctic Circle, 2015; Re_Act Contemporary, Azores, Portugal, 2018.