3 Women 3 Paths

Five of my works were exhibited in the Art Fair Step Istanbul between 16-30 November as part of the exhibition Three Women Three Paths by Halka Art Project.

“As an initiative open to diverse artistic views, halka sanat projesi supports authentic work and individual, poetic voices. Within the scope of STEP 2020 Contemporary Art Fair halka presents works by Baysan Yüksel, Belkıs Taşkeser and Sevda Bad.
Since its initiation the inclusion of women in halka as well as their representation has been an uncalculated, spontaneous fact.
Far from being a sexist perspective, this is the result of genuine engagement of similar souls who can act together, be part of each other’s process, by taking different roles and give support to each other. This engagement is blended with a completing male energy and creates the authentic halka spirit.
Now this structure brings together three artists who are at different stages in their practice under the title of “Three Women Three Paths”. Baysan Yüksel, Belkıs Taşkeser and Sevda Bad’s common denominator is not being female artists as one can easily be mistaken. It is their creative universe, passion towards their profession and their deep sensibilities in experiencing their environment and responses to life. Their natural mode of building and holding relations which fall near the spirit of halka is also a complementary reason behind the invitation to exhibit together.
As a child Belkıs was interested in drawing and she restarted it in the 1970s. She has exhibited in Paris, İstanbul, Ankara and San Francisco. During the years she lived in Paris, her works have been accepted to La Maison des Artistes. Instead of following the contemporary art movements she prefers to take inspiration from the living cultures and creates works nourished by diverse ethnographic roots which she molds with an innate, intrinsic knowledge.
Baysan creates works in various media such as drawing, painting, collage, artist books and movies. In her work, she investigates the routines of daily life, beliefs, traditions and consumption sometimes in a magical reality sometimes in a world that she creates with atypical elements. In her world natural elements and animal symbols that repeat are often present in metaphorical forms.
The youngest among three in her artistic journey, Sevda who is molded with halka’s dough is devoted to drawing. As an artist she also comes from an art management background. Her main focus is individual human stories around which she creates an environment and an atmosphere. In Sevda’s hand colour, texture and material grow with experiment and discovery.
With the selection “Three Women Three Paths” halka sanat projesi keeps the promise of its manifesto and “enlarges by taking within and becomes halka (circle) with its content.”
The selection is open to view between 16-30 November 2020 during the STEP Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair and during the following week at Tomtom Kaptan Sokak No: 1 Beyoğlu, an independent venue hosted by Tomtom Kırmızı.” by Halka Art Project.

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Rakılı Ajanda

Benim de bir çizgi öykü ile yer aldığım Bantmag ve Anason İşleri işbirliği ile yayınlanan 2021 Ajandası satışta. Bu linkten sipariş verebilirsiniz. 2020’den daha ferah bir 2021 dileği ile…

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And Then: Online Exhibition

My works “The World Is Here” is selected for Chicago based Agitator Gallery‘s October Group Show : And Then. You can visit the show online. And the book of the exhibition is published.

“AND THEN is a storytelling exhibit curated by Agitator member Gretchen Hasse that shares our visions of what lies beyond our current state. What do you hope for? What do you fear? What kind of world do you want? What do you think it will take to get there? Join us to find out on Saturday, October 17, 2020!”

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Illustration Workshop: Finding Your Own Voice

We designed a workshop on experimental drawing with award winning illustrator Merve Erbilgiç. Our first workshop was last weekend. We had a great time. Also we draw with the participants.

For now the workshop is only in Turkish but we are considering an English one for the future. You can follow me here for future news.

Here is a video of me working with experimental drawing techniques.

And some ink drawings from the workshop.

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A Studio

 “A Studio” is a small exhibition of the works I produced in my studio where I spent most of my time during the 3-month quarantine from April through June. You can view the works from here

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Free Diving

Experimental Paintings painted with flow within two weeks, January 2020.

The making of video is ready now. Also you can check out the paintings here.

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Yürüyen Binalar / Buildings Walking

eng My Artbook Yürüyen Binalar / Buildigs Walking is published as a limited edition by The Poet House

tr Hem yazıp hem resimlediğim Yürüyen Binalar Art Book’ um The Poet House işbirliğiyle sınırlı sayıda koleksiyonluk olarak yayınlandı. Edinmek için @thepoet_house sayfasına DM gönderebilirsiniz.

“Lunapark yolunda aklınızdan ne geçer? Rüyaların, hülyaların, hayallerin birbirini izlediği bir art book! 🎢 Bir sanatçının lunapark yolculuğuna eşlik etmek, neler olduğuna göz atmak için Baysan’dan harika bir koleksiyonluk iş! 🎠”

“Yürüyen Binalar 🎠🎠Özgün işleriyle bildiğimiz sanatçı @baysanyuksel bakalım bu eserinde neler anlattı ve neler çizdi! ☺️🎠 Şu lunaparkın balerinini deneyimlerken aklından neler neler geçti, görelim. 🎡”

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The Goddess In Me

Art50.net and Swissôtel The Bosphorus, İstanbul present the exhibition “The Goddess in Me”, on view from March 10 to June 10, 2020. Curated by İpek Yeğinsü, the exhibition features works by Baysan Yüksel, Bengisu Bayrak, Ece Gauer, Leyla Emadi, Merve Dündar and Müge Ceyhan focusing on women’s creativity, endurance, and the richness they do and can bring to social life.

The exhibition is expanded till September due to Pandemic precautions.

“Baysan Yüksel is interested in the archetypes taken from fairy tales and the collective subconscious represented by them. In her “Shadow”, she takes us into a dark forest illuminated by moonlight. The dark hand grabbing the throat of a female figure who is trying to find her way and wearing virtual reality glasses is the shadow of her own hand. In other words, she has internalized the conditions imposed on her leaving her no space to breathe in, and even on her path to freedom, she is not immune to social anxiety. To find herself, she must first leave the imaginary world she seeks refuge in to face the reality around her and save herself from those shadows.”

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Rising From The Water

Rising From The Water was painted for Halka Art’s exhibition before their transition to the non-spatialization period. The exhibition Horses Fluent in the Wind or Flying from the Nest was named after Slyvia Plath’s poem The Eye Moth.

The Exhibition was between 22 Feb-22 March 2020 just before the quarantine had started.

Exhibition Image / Rising From The Water, 310 x 153 cm, Ink on Paper, 2020
I also made some stickers for the viewers to take home

Human beings are one of the beings that survived to date by evolving from the very first cell that came to life in water, billions of years ago. Its story is quite new, compared to the universe and the world itself. The paths it will take, the future it will be able to progress may have numerous possibilities.
Putting aside today’s challenging conditions and disasters and future disaster scenarios; What kind of hope can this being can hold and what would it do for this hope, what decisions would it make, and how would it put these decisions into action? I want to ask these questions.
I do not have an urgent answer to these questions. They are not easy questions to answer; but I think it’s still not too late to start thinking about them with both our imagination and the facts to start considering various possible scenarios.
We are all passengers of this journey. Human; Could it be a being that wants to wing with hope, imagination, knowledge, enthusiasm, calmness and sometimes surrender towards the sky and indeed the unknown?
Rising from the Water is shaped by the curiosity of the answers to this question.

From the Studio :Creation Process

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Sanatçıdan Sanatçıya II

Second Edition of the pop-up exhibition Sanatçıdan Sanatçıya was between 7- 12 January at Buyukdere 35.

I was one of the exhibited artists with two of my small oil paintings.

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