A set of vertical work depicting two males with lengthy hats on which fowl cages, feathers and little shrubs are perched create aesthetic unity, concord and sensory variety. These grotesque figures differ from the traditions of Renaissance portray, which stands out for its commentary of nature with regard to human anatomy and the use of perspective and lightweight, and Baroque portray, which is characterised by the depiction of dramatic scenes portrayed via intense mild, darkish shadows and a deep coloration vary. In that sense, the portraits, which instantly seize the viewer’s eye with their authenticity, appear to blantantly reject preceeding traditions.
“Ornithologist I” and “Ornithologist II” are the primary work welcoming guests on the newest present of Galeri 77 in Istanbul’s historic Beyoğlu district of sloping streets. Named after the French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac’s famend collection “The Human Comedy” (“La Comedie Humaine”), the exhibit presents a variety ready by Yerevan-born by Paris-based artist Evgenia Sarkissian (Sare) between 2015 and 2019.
When one seems to be on the relaxation of the work on the present following the ornithologist duo, a novel imaginary world opens its doorways with monotypic and carnivalesque characters. The portraits of Sarkissian appear to be actors and actresses of this new world, which makes us query the idea of “absurd.”
Sarkissian prefers to compose her portraits with a pastel coloration palette by utilizing totally different, inventive narratives. Her figures stand earlier than us, extravagantly created by actually over-the-top jewels and equipment like mysterious masks. The charming portraits appear as if they’re on the brink of attend the opera or heading to the stage for a romantic efficiency.
Balzac wrote “The Human Comedy,” an enormous collection consisting of novels and novellas, as he wished to grasp and study the entire of French society. Like on this collection, every portray by Sarkissian is like exploring totally different individuals from totally different courses in society. Her characters all have totally different tales and backgrounds. In one of her work, you see a masks vendor providing a glad grin as she appreciates the sweetness of her masks, whereas in her piece “Class Photo,” youngsters categorical a variety of feelings on their broad younger faces, from bored to glad, whereas others seem like misplaced in juvenile daydreams.
The artist’s unusual characters are portrayed as neither dangerous nor good. They mirror the potential of society; nonetheless, they’re additionally posing for us. Depending on the connection you determine with them, you’ll be able to even witness the video games they play amongst themselves.
Another vital level about these diversified portraits is that the artist doesn’t use real looking components glorifying human beings. This is the place we start to query the absurdity. Her unique portraits echoing the irrational laughter of an absurd world is nothing greater than a meaningless response to the parody of the inhumane situation through which we should abide by the illusory appearances, in accordance with artwork critic Cem Bölüktaş. The absurd reflection of the characters makes us really feel that the work, every with a unique stage setting, are like items of a single complete.
Techniques of perfection
The artist’s harmonious pastel coloration palette permits the work to return collectively in diversified combos. The colours are deepened with the glazing method she makes use of. Sarkissian’s creation course of is kind of arduous. Carrying a pocket book together with her in the course of the day and drawing, taking notes each time she has the chance, the artist paints a composition she determines on the finish of a growth course of with oil paint on canvas utilizing a glaze method, which was incessantly utilized by the previous masters between the 15th and 19th centuries. The method includes making use of a clear layer of paint on one other dry, opaque paint layer with the assistance of a soft-bristled brush, giving the floor an actual sense of depth and a brilliant look whereas creating colourful illusions. It is a way that provides an attention-grabbing dimension, is time-consuming and requires deliberate work. The gripping feeling that the viewers feels when trying on the elaborate works by Sarkissian originates from this.
Briefly, Sarkissian, who provides undefined however poetic compositions with out concrete and concrete landscapes within the background by opening the doorways of an superb and engaging fairy-tale world, alternating between dream and actuality in her works on the exhibit, unleashes an unbridled creativeness that flies freely for the pleasure of her viewers. Visitors can take pleasure in seeing works of the artist’s first exhibit in Turkey till Oct. 10. Considering the artwork lovers exterior of Istanbul, Galeri 77 can be presenting the exhibition on-line. You can observe the 3D digital tour of the exhibition, varied movies and posts of it on the gallery’s social media accounts and web site.