Mehmet Ali Uysal is at Pi Artworks Istanbul with his solo exhibition "PAINTING" between the dates September 11th - October 26th, 2013.
In his third solo show at Pi Artworks Istanbul, Mehmet Ali Uysal unites his ''Paintings'' with the audience. "Paintings" are not visible directly but they claim their existence between ''presence'' and ''absence''. Uysal plays around with the perception of the viewer. He provokes the audience to visualize the embedded works on the wall. Gallery space is totally white and eyes slowly discover the embedded installations. These installations are made of plaster as the gallery itself. They are different forms and sizes of blank bulky renaissance frames.
The idea of "space", and the "white cube" effects are significant elements of Mehmet Ali Uysal's works. Within this white cube, he is examining his own creative process and its relationship to the end result and 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 Mehmet Ali Uysal questions the changing value of ''painting'', the power of art galleries, museums and art market and the relationship of all to the art piece. This is not a questioning from outside to inside but from inside to outside. Over all, while pointing out an opposing view, he is destroying its own space of existence.
Mehmet Ali Uysal was born in 1976 in Mersin, Turkey. He has been represented by Pi Artworks since 2009. His selected solo exhibitions include; "Our Soul is an Abode", Art Basel Hong Kong, China (2013), "Peel", Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); "Malist", Q Contemporary, Beirut, Lebanon (2011); "Mist", Etemad Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2011). "Tebdilibeden", Pi Artworks , Istanbul, Turkey (2010); "Suspended", Pi Artworks , Istanbul, Turkey (2010). His selected joint exhibitions include; "Fasafiso" and "+Infinity", Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey (2012); the 2010 Mardin Biennial in Mardin, Turkey (2010); the 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); "Tebdilimekan", Istanbul, Turkey (2005).
His selected public exhibitions include ; 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; Sweden Public Collection, Umea City, Sweden. In 2013, he will be having solo shows in Dubai, New York and London and his installation "Skin 4" will be open to public on 21st September in Umea City-Sweden within the 2014 Umea European City of Culture Events.
"PAINTING" by Mehmet Ali Uysal can be visited at Pi Artworks Istanbul till October 26th, 2013 between the hours 10:30-19:30 except Sundays.
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