Ongoing project about dreamscapes.
From the BantMag exhibition at their new venue Bina/Havuz in Kadıköy
GaleriBU hosted Art50.net artists for its season opening.
Taking place between October 1 and 22, the exhibition PROFILER features works by Baysan Yüksel, Eda Emirdağ, Erim Bikkul, Genco Gülan, Karbon, Özge Yağcı, Saliha Yılmaz and Taşkın Esin.
Here are my works for the exhibition:
Artemis, 60×80 cm on canvas
While the sun is cooling down, 100×100 cm on canvas
Also I had an artist talk about symbols and storytelling which I enjoyed very much and the audience was awsome participating to the topic
Curated by İpek Yeğinsü, the exhibition originates from the various meanings of the term PROFILER.Although the term PROFILER is used in a variety of contexts, it generally refers to the person mapping the portrait of an individual or a phenomenon, delineating its main framework and proposing strategies for process improvement. During a dynamic program analysis, a software developer becomes a PROFILER measuring the program’s memory capacity and speed, and defines as “profiling” the sum of all the optimization procedures he or she undertakes. On the other hand, the PROFILER who operates within a criminal context aims at estimating the demographic characteristics of a potential suspect for a specific crime; by identifying the personality traits that push him to commit a crime, he tries to predict his next move.
The artist is also a PROFILER of his own internal dynamics as well as of the society he lives in. Via data based on observation, perception and intuition, he draws the portrait of the situation around him; reacting to the processes he thinks are dysfunctional, he generates proposals for alternatives. In each work of his, he pursues every trace of the reality that surrounds him and draws the “profile” of the next step the latter will evolve into. The works featured in the exhibition PROFILER were selected in a way to render this aspect of artistic practice particularly visible.
The exhibition features Baysan Yüksel’s paintings questioning free will and dilemma; Eda Emirdağ’s video and photography works that become a mirror for the society; Erim Bikkul’s figures built with paper-cut layers; Genco Gülan’s ironic sculpture on the notion of power; Karbon’s site-specific installation interpreting the concept of portrait from the viewpoint of life-death dichotomy; Özge Yağcı’s assemblage examining society’s pressure on women; Saliha Yılmaz’s surreal portraits creating new identities; and Taşkın Esin’s assembly visualizing the concept of accidental phenomena via the use of data.The exhibition will be on view between October 1 and 22 at GaleriBU, from 11 am to 6 pm every day except for Sundays and Mondays.
8 days in outer space
I was asked to curate for Red Eye Short Run micro comics edition . I asked Umit Kurt (talanted designer and illustrator) and he made a special drawing for the book and the show.
The event was on February and hosted by Ricardo Cavolo. Launch of the book was at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle. I am honored to be part of this book and show.
Here are some pages and Umit Kurt’s page from the book printed in screenprinting. Cover by Ricardo Cavolo.
Magma is a magazine about nature, travel, photography and archeology. I make illustrations for the page gecename written by Ozcan Yuksek, which is about myths and tales in oral history on diffrent cultures.
Here are some of the latest illustrations I did for Magma Magazine
Art50 has created a new space for their website called Artist’s Notebook and I contributed with this short piece of writing:
I shuffled a bit the notebook I filled this winter. A small, bluish, striped notebook… It’s written “dream and explore” on it, with transparent clouds underneath, covered with stars. I have a small storage room at home. Inside, hundreds of such notebooks, written, drawn, filled, semi-filled, one on top of the other; awaiting to be sorted, selected, cleaned out. It deeply annoys me; sometimes I want to destroy the entire house, all my creations at once, and step into an empty home. I don’t do it; I will soon turn that empty house into this one with other texts, drawings and paintings. It will be no different than this one. I wonder if this is another kind of hoarding… I don’t collect paper bags or newspapers but I collect my own works and creations.
Mom and grandma used to cite a lot of expressions. When I was little, I never could understand the metaphoric meaning of these expressions, and thus I made up new meanings for them. I even became angry when talked to as such. As if these expressions solved our problems. The problem persists; but well done, we have found the appropriate expression for it!
My mother often says: “You close the door, the treshold remains inside”. We keep our tail upright outside; no matter if we explode inside! If you ask me, the inner treshold should be strong instead, so that you can close the door properly. If the inner treshold has exploded, I don’t care what the ones outside would think… Anyhow, what I want to tell is something else; I got mad over this expression thing again. As I make it up and reinterpret it, for me, the treshold inside when I close the door is my personal kingdom, the truth that I live inside a castle. My castle is eighty meters-square… Inside it, rooms, rooms, secret rooms, tunnels, libraries, workshops, kitchens, closets, underground cellars; anything you look for, let’s also add the ghosts, the monsters, various doors opening to various dimensions and planets. I live in a fantastic house, I mean. It only has one problem; it doesn’t work when you try to fit all these things into eighty meters-square. On top of that, my workshop is in my house too, as well as my storage. Every year I move into this humble castle of mine, books don’t fit in closets or under beds. Paintings go on top of each other, in the closets, everywhere, on the walls… Notebooks a pile, pile pile… I feel like throwing them all away, but in truth, what I want to do more is to build a museum. I want to live and work in a waste space… This is my wish…