Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Turkish museums and cultural websites have been closed briefly. In response, some establishments have launched their reveals on-line or are internet hosting guests in small teams by appointment, that means lovers would not have to maintain a distance from artwork throughout this era of self-isolation.
One of these establishments is the Pg Art Gallery, which is positioned within the Çukurcuma neighborhood of the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. The gallery launched a solo sculpture exhibition by Ayla Turan titled “Dangerous Games” on March 21. As the inauguration coincided with the novel Corona Virus disaster, the present was launched on-line on the social media accounts of the gallery.
When you step within the gallery, the primary sculpture to welcome you is “Right on the Target,” which depicts a baby holding a slingshot towards the big window of the gallery. While exhibiting this sculpture in an interview on YouTube, Turan says that she desires folks to the touch her sculptures and really feel them; nonetheless, this isn’t attainable because of the Corona Virus.
For some time, the artist labored with the idea of how robust language is usually intentionally suppressed, ignored and changed by a extra acceptable one represented by curves and spherical types and volumes. These spherical types, that are the supply, seed and egg of rebirth, have develop into the primary constructing blocks of her sculptures. From the very first sculpture, the spherical types and the mushy look seize the soul on the exhibition. But you additionally perceive that probably the most horrible, aggressive and painful points are additionally addressed on this spherical universe whenever you stroll contained in the gallery. Indeed, that is the best way productive and inventive female power copes with the harmful and brutal world.
“Online” is one other, comparatively smaller little one sculpture showcased on the gallery. This little one sculpture makes use of a cell phone and appears to be specializing in it on the expense of relations with the outer world. This sculpture highlights how cellular phone dependancy has develop into an actual downside within the fashionable world. The current social distancing has left us much more addicted to those technological gadgets.
Examining the sculpture, one can simply get absorbed in such ideas. Just then, an set up comprising of data and small sculptures attracts the eye on the alternative blue wall. The palms of the kid figures are hooked up to the report and the entire sculpture revolves. According to Turan, the 30 little one sculptures signify dependency which could be interpreted as household ties. This is why the artist named this work “Dependent.”
One or two steps forward of this set up, one other massive little one determine with balloons round him seems earlier than the guests. In this work, titled “Top Secret,” the kid makes use of a golden, plastic key as a bubble blower. Noting that this key represents the important thing of heaven, Turan stated she displays one thing written in an unknown alphabet on these balloons through a projection. Revealing that she invented this alphabet throughout her childhood, she stated that she will be able to nonetheless use these letters when she desires to jot down one thing confidential. The artist selected this alphabet as a result of she wished to ship a personal message to artwork lovers. “As an artist, I discovered a option to inform what I wish to inform with artwork. I take advantage of my artwork to disclose my confidential ideas. This piece signifies that we are able to all the time discover a option to inform one thing,” she defined.
Next, one other room through an arch opens to the guests. However, a a lot greater little one sculpture which will initially seem scary waits in a nook. Even although the sculpture has a really delicate and pristine look, the impact created by this 2-meter sculpture is a bit disturbing as a result of the kid appears to be gazing at one thing hidden. Even although this sculpture, named “Find Me,” is the biggest within the exhibition, the entire determine can’t be seen as it’s hidden behind a wall. The artist says that they positioned this sculpture on this darkish room on function to present the sensation of being caught through the angle of a baby.
Although “Dangerous Games” is an fascinating, eye-catching present with little one figures, Turan’s new interval sculptures tackle and criticize some of probably the most unacceptable and darkest points of the world and suggest options to them through the naive but sharp-eyed, reasonable and honest eyes of a baby. You can witness the issues of at the moment’s civilization in full weight whereas wandering through the seemingly harmless world of the present.
Short stroll through artist’s journey
Turan, who accomplished her training at Mimar Sinan University within the Fine Arts Faculty’s Department of Sculpture in 1996, has produced quite a few sculptures for exhibitions and public areas in lots of international locations across the world reminiscent of China, Mexico, Thailand, Japan and the U.S.
Creating artwork for 25 consecutive years, she continues her journey within the artistic course of by utilizing totally different supplies reminiscent of marble, granite, steel, bronze and polyester.
And, in her newest experiment, she discovers the actual world which is supported by the digital one. You can accompany her on her current journey by visiting her exhibition by appointment or on-line.