Faro’s images are fantastical images, but they are somehow rooted in the real world.
“The combination of 2- and 3-dimensions, past and present, and conscious and subconscious helps me to interpret the similarities and differences between what is real and what is imaginary,” says Faro. “Once I decide where to take my character – I will use nature, found objects, knick-knacks from rubbish bins, and my collection of miniature heroes and heroines to build the scene of my twisted tale.”
Artist/curator Fernando Luis Alvarez explains: “Damla’s work perpetuates a sardonic, fanciful story of how our eye manages to amaze and fool us. The imaginative photo illustrations playfully invite one to delve into the work, and take part in this vivid journey that easily relates to a Where’s Waldo-like experience.”
Faro’s Gatecrashers series features fairy characters maneuvering about the open pages of a magazine. Though in any other context they may appear fanciful and carefree, Faro manages to make their immobile smiling faces appear awkward and dazed.
“Deploying figurines of female fairies in stage sets that she crafts from found objects and with her own hands, Tokcan Faro creates a relentlessly artificial world–in all respects–replete with lush vegetation,” writes art critic Michael Weinstein of NewCity Chicago. “Yet this is no pastoral idyll; the characters in her still dramas are uncomfortable in their paradise, expressing emotions of shock, shame, bewilderment and bemusement through their body language and expressions. [Faro]‘s color shots of her vision of fairyland stand out for their imaginative brilliance.”
The show opens with a reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 25, with the artist crossing the Atlantic to attend. Collectors can RSVP for private viewing a day earlier. Call Rebecca Hansen at 888.861.6791, or email her.