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Canan Tolon

 (born 1955)
Canan Tolon is active/lives in California / Turkey.  Canan Tolon is known for abstraction, sculpture, Installation.

Canan Tolon

Biography from Gallery Paule Anglim

Canan Tolon is known for inventive work in a variety of media, including sculptural installations.  (She is also an architect with degrees from Germany, England and UC Berkeley, and has designed furniture.)  Her approach with each material and discipline involves scrutinizing her materials and subjugating the raw elements to a test or metamorphosis.  For example, to make drawings she uses a knife, manipulating oil paint over mylar sheets.  Her sculpture, which can be kinetic, has employed rusting metal, sprouting grass seeds and mirrors.

University of California at Berkeley
Master of Architecture, June 1983
Middlesex Polytechnic/ Architectural Association
Interior Design B.A.(honors)
London, England, 1976-1980
Fachhochschule Innenarchitectur Diploma Trier, West Germany, 1979
Napier College of Commerce and Technology Department of Design Edinburgh, Scotland, 1976
French Baccalauréat in "Philosophie-Lettres"
Ecole Française d'Istanbul, Turkey, 1975

Solo Exhibitions:
"Glitch," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
"Tikirinda Hersey / Everything's Honky-Dory," Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
"Körü Körüne," Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
"Angle of Repose," Mills Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
"Nothing to Declare"; Borusan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
"Kaza Eseri"; Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery Paule Anglim
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE
Harcourts Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Pro-Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey
University of California at Berkeley, CA
University of California at Berkeley, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
"Bay Area Now 5," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
"Modern Experiences," Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey
"J.P.Morgan Chase Collection," Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
"Istanbul Now," Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria
"21st Annual Exhibition", Emeryville, CA
"Modernism and Beyond," Santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
"Tepebasi," Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Second (Pedestrian) Public Art Exhibition, Karaköy-Istanbul, Turkey
"Biennial Show," Galeri Nev, Istanbul
Çini Için, Iznik Ceramic Tiles Foundation, Haghia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
"Contagious Nature," Akbank Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey
"Observation, Interpretation, Multiplicity," Istanbul Modern Museum (permanent collection) Istanbul, Turkey
"Turkey- Plastic Dialogues," City Hall, Brussels, Belgium
The Blue Room, San Francisco, CA
Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
Center for Contemporary Arts, Istanbul, Turkey
Verheugen, Brussels.
Rundetårn Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Eczacibasi Museum , Istanbul , Turkey
Nisantasi Yaya Sergisi (Urban Art exhibition Biennial) Istanbul , Turkey
Topkapi Museum, Istanbul , Turkey
Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
University of California Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
De Paul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Bolinas Museum of Art, Bolinas, CA
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Charlottenborg Center for Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Nexus Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Zyzzyva, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA
Euphrat Museum-DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
Topkapi Museum, Ministry of Culture Istanbul, Turkey
Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
3rd Istanbul International Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
"Sanart '92", Ankara, Turkey
Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Alsace Plurielle, Mulhouse, France
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE; November
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
Gallery Vienna, Chicago, IL
Nerlino Gallery/Soho- New York, NY;
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, CA
Viridian Gallery, 54th Street- New York, NY
California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA

Fellowships and Awards:
Cité Internanationale des Arts; Paris; February-December 2000
McGhee Center for Mediterranean Studies; Georgetown University; Washington D.C.; 1999
Arts Council of Wales; May 1998
Berllanderri Sculpture Workshop; Wales; Spring 1998
Gamblin Fellowship; April 1997
Artist in Residence; Vermont Studio Center; April 1997
Artist in Residence; The Camargo Foundation, Cassis France; 1996
Artist in Residence; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH; 1995
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)/NEA; Painting 1994
Artist in Residence; Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Summer 1992
Artist in Residence; Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Summer 1991

Selected  Bibliography:
Armitage, Diane, «Critical Reflections.» The Magazine, Santa Fe's Monthly, May 1993, p. 40.

Artun, Ali. I Am Another: 11 Tyrkiske Kunstnere. Charlottenborg Center for Arts, Copenhagen, Exhibition Publication, 1994.

Atagök, Tomur. Contemporary Women Artists. Ministry of Culture in Istanbul, Exhibition Publication, 1993.

Balsamo, Dean, «It wasn't Exactly the Art Biz as Usual in '93.» Pasatiempo, December 1993, p.17

Balsamo, Dean, « Canan Tolon's Still Lifes.» Pasatiempo, April 1993, p. 12.

Barbosa, Jeff, « Immigration Influences Artists' Work.» Cupertino Courier, March 9, 1994.

Beylerian, George, M. Chairmania. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1994.

Bruce, Chris and Shields, Kathleen. Withinsight; Visual Territories of Thirty
. Publication of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF/NEA), 1994.

Celbulski, Frank, «SFDA Introductions '92.» Artweek, August 6, 1992, p. 22.

Collins, Tom, «Tolon's 'Still Lifes': Un-poetic 'Fragments of Ongoing Decay'.» Journal North, April 29, 1993.

Deeds, Daphne A. Seven Artists (Who Happen To Be Women). Bemis Foundation, Exhibition Publication, 1992.

Elliott Sherman, Ann, «Materials Reborn at SJICA.» Metro, April 1992, p. 45.

Huddleton, Joanne, «Introductions '92.» San Francisco Arts Monthly, July 1992, p. 2.

Jacotot, Pascale, «Portfolio Artiste.» Distances, Pages Paysages, #5, June 1994, p.42

Kollenbaum, Louise, « The San Francisco Focus Design Awards.» San Francisco Focus, July 1989, pp. 46.

Kortun, Vasif. 3rd International Istanbul Biennial, Exhibition Catalog. Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 1992.

Leal, Carolyn, «Coming Across, Euphrat Shows Works by Recent Immigrants.» The Neighbor, March 1994, p. 10.

Levin, Kim, «Significant Others in Istanbul.» The Village Voice, December 1, 1992. p. 54

Lewallen, Constance. Limbo--An Interview with Canan Tolon. Galeri Nev. Istanbul, 1998.

Macmillan, Kyle, « An Adventure in 3D.» Omaha World- Herald, July 17, 1992, pp. 33, 37.

Melkonian, Neery. An Interview with Canan Tolon. Center of Contemporary Arts, Exhibition Publication, April 1993.

Melkonian, Neery, « Istanbul, The Third International Art Biennial.» The Magazine, Santa Fe's Monthly, February 1993, pp. 17-19.

Rindfleisch, Jan. Coming Across. Euphrat Museum of Art, Exhibition Publication, October 1994.

Silverman, Jason, « Artist Has a New Twist on Painting by the Numbers.» Pasatiempo, April 1993, p. 4

Tanner, Marcia, « Five Artists in Search of an Exhibition.» Artweek, November 1994, pp.10-11.

Tolon, Canan. Futur Imparfait. Editions PAU Paris. 1998.

Tromble, Meredith, « A Conversation with Canan Tolon, Artist.» Artweek, November 1994, p.11

Tuchman, Laura J., « A World Without Borders.» San Jose Mercury News, March 20, 1994, pp. 3, 28.

"Canan Tolon's "Still Lifes", Turkish Daily News, December 5, 1993, p.4

"Immigrant Art, Commentary, San Jose Mercury News, March 13, 1994, p.17

"Self Portrait from the 6x9 Show, "May 20-June 12, at Victoria Room, San Francisco, Zyzzyva, Vol.X, No.3, 1994, p.129

"Images; Canan Tolon," Zyzzyva, Vol.XII, No.1, 1996, pp.47-54.

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About  Canan Tolon

Born:  1955
Known for:  abstraction, sculpture, Installation