This painting 'Unleashed' is from a recent body of work titled "Impromptu Whereabouts" which explores the rise and fall of places through physical and emotional conducts.
I like to work with random juxtapositions of places in nature and the urban environment and re-present them in puzzling and surprising contexts. Shifting between abstraction and representation, I explore and experiment with the push-pull effects between the concepts of longing vs. apathy, insecurity vs. comfort, order vs. chaos, unfamiliarity vs. belonging and stability vs. ephemerality. I am intrigued by the idea of fragmenting and connecting which reinvestigates a place by reconstructing or renovating while destroying it.
Here, I am employing the possibilities of a new location, a new order devoid of any preconceived identity whereby I find myself in total conformity.
born: 1978, Istanbul, Turkey
Northern Illinois University, MFA, 2004
Mimar Sinan University, BFA, 2001
Curators Choice Award, Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
Moon and Stars Project, Visual Arts Department Exhibition Award, 2006
First Prize, Emerging Illinois Artists Juried Exhibition,Mclean County Arts Center, 2004
2002-3 Jack Eleanor Olson Scholarship Award, Northern Illinois University, 2002
NurtureArt Exhibition Brochure; Present Perfect Continuous, by Denise Wong, November, 2008
Artist Actual, review by Gulgun Basarir, April issue (Turkish), 2008
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts;The 20th Drawing Show: "Drawing The Line‰, Exhibition Catalog, 2008
New American Paintings, No. 59, The Open Studios Press, 2005
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Mooney Center Gallery, The College of New Rochelle: Impromptu Whereabouts, New Rochelle, NY,2011
C.A.M. Gallery: From My Home Page, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project: Encounters, Lake George, NY, 2008
McLean County Arts Center: My Ongoing Travelogue , Bloomington, IL, 2007
selected group shows
Gymnasia Herzliya: Plain "an educational art project", curated by Guy Morag, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2011
C.A.M. Gallery: Imagine, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011
Siena Art Institute: Drawing Connections, Siena, Italy, 2011
Elisa Contemporary Art: Art and Technology, Riverdale, NY, 2011