October 26, 2021

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Satisfy Walter Meyer: Founder of digital gallery in Istanbul

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The great arts are an essential portion of our existence, and anything we should consider the time to indulge in and get motivated from. In this working day and age, we have the convenient opportunity of currently being ready to take pleasure in the expertise of searching at art from the ease and comfort of our very own area through the World Broad Net. Luckily, there is a single notably fascinating digital art and culture gallery by the title of Artwork Without Boundaries that lets people to learn artists from all around the earth. The gallery harbors a specific fascination in Turkey, as the founder and curator of the on the net gallery is an American expat residing in Istanbul.

Walter Meyer is an American artwork curator that has been living in Suadiye, Istanbul considering the fact that March 2019 and is the individual who developed Artwork With no Boundaries. This one of a kind website at www.artwithoutboundaries.art has ongoing exhibitions that showcase artists and their stories from Turkey and all over the planet. For Walter, this undertaking is a labor of adore, and the web site does not gather any fee on the offered artwork. I had the privileged prospect to capture up with Walter to locate out much more about his partnership with Turkey.

Art Without Boundaries

The internet site Art Without Boundaries released in March of this 12 months and has by now showcased almost a dozen exhibitions which include a single that depicts the nicely-known figures from Turkey’s Hacivat and Karagöz shadow puppetry in art type by a selection of Turkish artists. An additional show titled “SYRcle: A Trend Statement” will come in the type of a digital trend present developed by Dalia Khaddam, a Syrian-Turk centered in Paris, that utilizes recycled resources these types of as blankets and sleeping bags to spotlight Syria’s human catastrophe. These are just two of many: Every single exhibition shares a exceptional story, which is comprehensive with the artist’s commentary. All of these exhibitions are showcased on the internet site many thanks to the initiatives of Walter and his co-founder Tina.



Walter Meyer sits subsequent to a mural. (Ferzan Altinsoy for Daily Sabah)

I asked Walter to share his tale of how he finished up relocating to Turkey. Walter instructed me that his 1st arrival was far more than 30 many years in the past on a excursion to Istanbul in the wintertime. From then on he continued to return just about every single 12 months on family vacation 20 moments in a row, and invested the time touring the country, typically by bus, and browsing the Aegean, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Cappadocia, Konya, Mardin, Diyarbakır and more. He claims he even now has a great deal additional to see!

Earning the selection to move came on a summer months go to in 2018, when Walter reported to himself, “Well, I’m not receiving any youthful, so it is now or under no circumstances,” and as a result he relocated in spring the following year. He had now thoroughly examined Turkish culture, background, and language and also designed a good deal of close friends right here. “My Turkish friends have always teased me that I’m much more Turkish than they are,” he adds.

“I also credit score Turkey with conserving my lifetime. I’d suffered serious despair in New York in 1992, and had to quit a incredibly large-stage job,” Walter shared, telling me that he made use of the prospect to show up at Bosporus University’s summer time Turkish study course. “I escaped to Turkey” he describes including that he experienced also beforehand taken a number of Turkish classes at night time at New York University (NYU). Walter finished up staying six months in Turkey and built lots of connections in the travel marketplace, which would be the catalyst for starting off his individual internet marketing agency out of his Brooklyn apartment that sooner or later morphed into Meyer & Associates Internet marketing Communications, with offices in New York’s Soho and customers which include American Convey and 5-star cruise traces, which he sold in early 2008.

Following relocating to Los Angeles in 2011, Walter, who presently has a diploma in Anthropology from NYU, commenced using artwork background courses at the College of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) many thanks to an progressive application for persons aged-50 and more mature. In overall, he audited 14 various classes, together with Islamic artwork, Byzantine artwork, Mesoamerican artwork, and modern African artwork and also curated his first exhibition on modern Native American art at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Middle. Walter also arranged a Avenue Artwork exchange involving Turkish and LA-centered artists, in which two LA-primarily based muralists participated in the 2015 Mural Istanbul Competition, which can take put in Kadıköy’s Yeldeğirmeni district, while two artists from Turkey painted murals in Pacoima’s “Mural Mile,” which is in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley.


A piece named Karagöz as Butterfly (Karagöz Kelebek) by Turkish artist Dr. Murat Huten.
A piece named Karagöz as Butterfly (Karagöz Kelebek) by Turkish artist Dr. Murat Huten.

The generation of the gallery

Artwork With no Boundaries was born when Walter moved to Turkey. “In the again of my mind, I’d had this fantasy of acquiring my very own artwork gallery. But the thought of renting a room, all the logistics of using in and delivery artwork, was all also overpowering. So I consider the COVID pandemic, with its emphasis on ‘virtual every thing,’ opened my thoughts to the thought of a virtual art gallery,” he defined. Alongside one another with Tina (Athena Longoria), the graphic artist from his prior agency and near friend who arrived on board, Artwork With no Boundaries formally introduced in March of this year. A important part of the web site is that it is not a income-building venture and the two Walter and Tina are devoting their unpaid time to sharing some of the excellent undiscovered inventive expression from all-around the planet. Whilst Walter is involved in artist choice and the enhancement of the texts that accompany every piece, Tina maintains the site, and updates each and every month’s exhibitions.


Photo of Walter with a dog. (Athena Longoria for Daıly Sabah)
Photograph of Walter with a pet. (Athena Longoria for Daıly Sabah)

The mission of the web site is to current artists from all around the planet who could possibly not or else get an opportunity to have a gallery exhibition for a range of causes. ”Very importantly, I am intrigued in art with a ‘story,’” claimed Walter, which is why the artists give commentary about both the subject matter make any difference or complex facets of each individual piece in get to include to the viewer’s enjoyment and knowledge. “Some galleries and aged-college curators come to feel that the “art need to communicate for itself” and that any comment by the artist would unduly influence the viewer. I could not disagree extra strongly,” he asserts.

“I also see AWB as a sort of cultural website that ‘educates’ the audience about factors of selected cultures and ethnic teams that they could possibly not usually be uncovered to,” Walter reported. The artists that have been showcased on Artwork Without Boundaries therefore much have been from Turkey, Iran, the U.S., Brazil, Ghana, France, the Syrian diaspora, Germany and Kazakhstan. The methods and mediums have ranged from painting, images, ceramics, trend, combined media, metal, textile, mosaics and electronic.

Artwork Without having Boundaries will be launching two new exhibitions on July 14. The future exhibition “Syria on My Mind” celebrates the 10th anniversary of Kirkayak Kultur, a Gaziantep-primarily based business integrating Syrian refugees into the regional neighborhood in Turkey. The life of all of the artists in this exhibition have been touched in some way by this firm. The other exhibition opening on Wednesday is “I Desire, Attract, Weave & Touch” is of spectacular tapestries woven by Turkish artist Ufuk Girgiç and inspired by the colors and cultures of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Other exhibitions to glimpse out for this drop will contain perform from a younger artist from Brazil’s indigenous Xavante, and a health practitioner and artist from Health professionals With no Borders who makes art from casts of human bones as a discourse on war, the refugee crisis and disease.

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