9 April - 7 May 2016

Tutku Bulutbeyaz, Özgür Demirci, Buğra Erol, Elsa Ers, Gözde Ulusoy

Tutku Bulutbeyaz - Repin toplu konutları - Dijital Kolaj 34x45 2016

Daire Gallery hosts the group exhibition, ‘Playground of the Mind’ by Tutku Bulutbeyaz, Elsa Ers, Özgür Demirci, Buğra Erol, and Gözde Ulusoy between April 9th and May 7th.
In production of art, it cannot be expected of the artist to abstract herself wholly from the history of art and from the influence of her contemporaries. In contrast, certain teachings and insights from the knowledge of art history allows the artist’s production to earn a place in the field of contemporary art, as well as for it to construct works upon a progressive structure that is beyond what has already been accomplished. At times, the artist makes her references to the history of art willingly and consciously. At other times, as a reference to what comes from the past, she creates artistic productions that mimic the reconstruction of a jigsaw puzzle of the objects or fragments of objects that she’s seen and remembered. In this exhibition, there are works that the artists, through various techniques and methods, have created by accumulating on what has already been.
Tutku Bulutbeyaz puts forth in his collages, his interpretation of the conjunction of the past and present that rely upon the eclectic visual aesthetic of the television in the 90s. As the artist modernises the classical, he also confronts us with a humorous sense of contradiction. 
Elsa Ers, as an artist who lives in at the heart of information age and as an active observer of the Internet, collates old photographs, classical illustrations and other images in her computer. While gazing at a blank canvas and trying to analyse a burgeoning language, she picks random photographs from her computer. Without a definite end and while converging these images instinctively (and also a bit humorously), she builds new stories on her canvas. Albeit slightly absurd, these are true and real stories.
Özgür Demirci focuses on the state in her memory of phenomena (individuals, places, geography, socio-political issues) that generally shapes her life. Amongst her works are ‘Ordinance Ledger’, a piece of barricading stone, kept by the artist as a memento of Gezi resistance, and ‘Change the dollar, invest in pennies’, an installation made out of one-pennies. In the latter work, the artist emphasises the un/balance between the true value of an object and its ascribed value.
Buğra Erol brings about an activist’s interpretation to many social ills and against the state of being an artist, through various techniques and found objects. With his exhibited collages of postal stamps and various objects, he creates his distinct expression.
Gözde Ulusoy works on ‘microexpressions’, the infinitesimal initial facial reactions that are nearly indistinguishable. Working with various materials, such as MDF, plastic, and acrylics for her collages, the artist employs old photographs that she’s collected from thrift shops in London. Transferring these images unto canvas, the artist adds deceptive guides and clues upon the expressions about which we have no conceptions and leaves the spectator facing the following question: What is that sensation that you see or think you see prior to losing reality?
‘Playground of the Mind’ brings together works by five artists, which consist of their diversities of technique or thought regarding the past are interpreted through their subjective processes of production. Featuring the works of the artists, Tutku Bulutbeyaz, Elsa Ers, Özgür Demirci, Buğra Erol, and Gözde Ulusoy, ‘Playground of the Mind’ can be viewed at Daire Gallery from April 9th to May 7th, between the 11:00 – 19:00, from Tuesdays to Saturdays.