Pi Artworks Istanbul is proud to present Mehmet Ali Uysal’s solo exhibition “PAINTING”, running from 11 September – 26 October 2013.
In his third solo show at Pi Artworks Istanbul, Mehmet Ali Uysal reveals his ‘’Paintings’’ to the audience. However, these “Paintings” are not immediately visible, but rather, exist in the space between ‘’presence’’ and ‘’absence’’. Uysal explores and experiments with the perception of the viewer and provokes the audience to visualize these embedded works in the wall. In fact, the gallery space is rendered completely white, calling for the viewer’s eyes to slowly discover Uysal’ embedded installations. These are made of plaster, as is the gallery itself, and appear in a variety of blank bulky renaissance frames of different forms and sizes.
The idea of “space”, and the concept of the “white cube” are significant elements in the oeuvre of Mehmet Ali Uysal. Within this white cube, he examines his own creative process and its relationship with the end result, alongside the inevitable structural transformation of the space. The artist manipulates the gallery space and converts the conceptual and ideological power of it as a white cube. With his embedded blank frames, Uysal questions the changing value of ‘’painting’’, the power of art galleries, museums and the art market as well as the relationship of all these elements to the art piece. This is not a questioning from outside to inside but from inside to outside. For Uysal, it is the destruction of the white cube space through its very existence that stands at the core of this work.
Mehmet Ali Uysal, 1976 Mersin, Turkey.
Selected solo exhibitions: “Pinch me Awake”, Starke Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2013 October); ‘’Our Soul is an Abode’’, Art Basel Hong Kong, HK (2013); ‘’Peel’’, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); ‘’Malist’’, Q Contemporary, Beirut, Lebanon (2011); ‘’Mist’’, Etemad Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2011). ‘’Suspended’’, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey (2010).
Selected joint exhibitions: ‘’Fasafiso’’ and ‘’+Infinity’’, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey (2012); 2010 Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey (2010); Festival Cinq Saisons, Belguim (2010); ‘’In Search of Lost Reality: New Generation’’, Gallery Nev, Ankara, Turkey (2009); ‘’Ex-libris’’; Gallery Eigheinheim, Germany (2008); the Contemporary Art Residence ‘’Le Vent Des Forets’’, France (2008); ‘’Jeune Creation’’, Grand Hall Villette, France (2008).
Selected public collections: Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey; Vehbi Koç Foundation Collection Istanbul, Turkey; Le Vent Des Forets Festival Public Collection, Meuse, France; Chaudfontaine Parks Public Collection, Liege, Belgium; Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh; Jaidah Brothers Art Foundation Collection, Qatar, UAE; Umea City Public Collection, Umea, Sweden.
About Pi Artworks: Pi Artworks was founded by Yesim Turanli in 1998 in Istanbul and for the past 15 years, has been introducing Turkish and international artists to the primary market. Since its founding, Pi Artworks has been committed to showcasing the best of Contemporary Turkish and international art to Istanbul’s growing art scene, alongside providing an international platform for its roster of artists to showcase their work.
The gallery is located at the famous historical Misir Apartment in Istanbul and in October 2013 Pi Artworks London will open on 55 Eastcastle Street, in the heart of London’s bustling Fitzrovia.
Location: Istiklal Cad. Misir Apt 163/4 Galatasaray Istanbul/Turkey Pi Artworks Istanbul
Dates: 11 September – 26 October 2013
Hours: 10am – 19pm (Except Sundays)