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  Untitled 7 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm  From the series of ‘ While you are surfing ’  The physical gestures that make up our interactions with touch-screen personal devices are intensely intimate yet abstract signatures of our everyday browsing and messaging patterns. In his  While you aresurfing  series, Arslan Sukan scans the surfaces of digital devices (iPhones) and manipulates the resulting images to isolate and enhance the fingerprints, dust and cracks which mark the screens. Sukan separates the intimate swipes and taps of screen navigation from any digital content, enlarging the marks to form anonymous and abstract landscapes. Printed on highly reflective metallic paper using an inkjet printer, each piece mirrors the context of its place of display, transforming the physical world and the body of the viewer into virtual content for the image surface. But, unlike fingers on a screen, the reflections leave no physical trace on their object. With  While you are surfing , Sukan questions whether our experiences with the digital world, which are mediated through a screen, are any less immediate or complete than our encounters with experiences in physical world.     While you are surfing  continues Sukan’s engagement with the role of artifice in presenting the real. Through a process that moves from the physical world to digital and back again, his work dissolves distinctions between matter and thought, gesture and image. This ongoing translation of material from one media format into another challenges viewer expectations at every turn.

Untitled 7, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

From the series of ‘While you are surfing

The physical gestures that make up our interactions with touch-screen personal devices are intensely intimate yet abstract signatures of our everyday browsing and messaging patterns. In his While you aresurfing series, Arslan Sukan scans the surfaces of digital devices (iPhones) and manipulates the resulting images to isolate and enhance the fingerprints, dust and cracks which mark the screens. Sukan separates the intimate swipes and taps of screen navigation from any digital content, enlarging the marks to form anonymous and abstract landscapes. Printed on highly reflective metallic paper using an inkjet printer, each piece mirrors the context of its place of display, transforming the physical world and the body of the viewer into virtual content for the image surface. But, unlike fingers on a screen, the reflections leave no physical trace on their object. With While you are surfing, Sukan questions whether our experiences with the digital world, which are mediated through a screen, are any less immediate or complete than our encounters with experiences in physical world.

While you are surfing continues Sukan’s engagement with the role of artifice in presenting the real. Through a process that moves from the physical world to digital and back again, his work dissolves distinctions between matter and thought, gesture and image. This ongoing translation of material from one media format into another challenges viewer expectations at every turn.



  Untitled 16 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 16, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 12 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 12, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 13 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 13, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 15 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 15, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 27 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 27, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 17 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 17, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  Untitled 18 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 18, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Istanbul 74, Istanbul, TR 2015

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Istanbul 74, Istanbul, TR 2015

Untitled 7, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

From the series of ‘While you are surfing

The physical gestures that make up our interactions with touch-screen personal devices are intensely intimate yet abstract signatures of our everyday browsing and messaging patterns. In his While you aresurfing series, Arslan Sukan scans the surfaces of digital devices (iPhones) and manipulates the resulting images to isolate and enhance the fingerprints, dust and cracks which mark the screens. Sukan separates the intimate swipes and taps of screen navigation from any digital content, enlarging the marks to form anonymous and abstract landscapes. Printed on highly reflective metallic paper using an inkjet printer, each piece mirrors the context of its place of display, transforming the physical world and the body of the viewer into virtual content for the image surface. But, unlike fingers on a screen, the reflections leave no physical trace on their object. With While you are surfing, Sukan questions whether our experiences with the digital world, which are mediated through a screen, are any less immediate or complete than our encounters with experiences in physical world.

While you are surfing continues Sukan’s engagement with the role of artifice in presenting the real. Through a process that moves from the physical world to digital and back again, his work dissolves distinctions between matter and thought, gesture and image. This ongoing translation of material from one media format into another challenges viewer expectations at every turn.



Untitled 16, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 12, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 13, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 15, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 27, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 17, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

Untitled 18, 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015

'While you are surfing', Installation view, Istanbul 74, Istanbul, TR 2015

  Untitled 7 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm  From the series of ‘ While you are surfing ’  The physical gestures that make up our interactions with touch-screen personal devices are intensely intimate yet abstract signatures of our everyday browsing and messaging patterns. In his  While you aresurfing  series, Arslan Sukan scans the surfaces of digital devices (iPhones) and manipulates the resulting images to isolate and enhance the fingerprints, dust and cracks which mark the screens. Sukan separates the intimate swipes and taps of screen navigation from any digital content, enlarging the marks to form anonymous and abstract landscapes. Printed on highly reflective metallic paper using an inkjet printer, each piece mirrors the context of its place of display, transforming the physical world and the body of the viewer into virtual content for the image surface. But, unlike fingers on a screen, the reflections leave no physical trace on their object. With  While you are surfing , Sukan questions whether our experiences with the digital world, which are mediated through a screen, are any less immediate or complete than our encounters with experiences in physical world.     While you are surfing  continues Sukan’s engagement with the role of artifice in presenting the real. Through a process that moves from the physical world to digital and back again, his work dissolves distinctions between matter and thought, gesture and image. This ongoing translation of material from one media format into another challenges viewer expectations at every turn.
  Untitled 16 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 12 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 13 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 15 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 27 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 17 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  Untitled 18 , 2014, Inkjet print on metallic paper mounted on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm
  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015
  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Five Eleven, New York, NY, 2015
  'While you are surfing' ,  Installation view , Istanbul 74, Istanbul, TR 2015