Turnstyle, 2020

‘Turnstyle’ comprises of two parallel turnstile barriers, each with three carved wooden arms in the shape of a fist, a hoof and a phallus respectively. The sculpture functions as a perverse gateway, playing on the children’s game; rock-paper-scissors, while mimicking Catholic church furniture’s elaborate ornamentation. The psychosexual nature of these mysterious botanical carvings combined with the mechanical thump of the turning barriers, serves to stir up the murky depths surrounding rites of passage.

The work was concieved by Kasia Fudakowski in Istanbul, during her residency “Be Mobile Create Together”, hosted by IKSV. The lacquered oak was hand carved by Ömer Okutan, constructed by Özkan Şener, with the mechanisms made by Serhat Öztemir in Istanbul. A counterpart sculpture is currently being exhibited at Palazzo Grazzi – Punta della Dogana, on the occasion of the exhibition “Untitled”.

Installed at Punta della Dogana, Venice as a part of Untitled, 2020. photo credit: ©Palazzo Grassi SpA. Photo: Matteo De Fina

photo credit: ©Palazzo Grassi SpA. Photo: Matteo De Fina

photo credit: ©Palazzo Grassi SpA. Photo: Matteo De Fina