January 24, 2013

EXHIBITION OF SELMA GÜRBÜZ AT RAMPA ISTANBUL


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SELMA GURBUZ AT RAMPA 
January 8, 2013 - February 9, 2013
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SELMA GURBUZ AT RAMPA 
January 8, 2013 - February 9, 2013
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“Long Night. Faraway voyages.”
Selma Gürbüz meets viewers with her one-person exhibition at Rampa, “Long Night. Faraway Voyages.”, on January 5–February 9, 2013. The exhibition, composed of Gürbüz’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures realized in 2011–12, displays the visual mythologies of Gürbüz’s extensive art practice.
The works are a continuation of Gürbüz’s mysterious, magical world that we had seen in previous exhibitions. In these large-scale paintings and sculptures, Selma Gürbüz gives a voice to the images she has compiled from both real and dream voyages: the human figures are accompanied by animals and plants; inspiration from ancient Egyptian art, Chinese and Japanese painting traditions, Velazquez, Monet, Islamic miniatures and manuscripts can be traced in the works. Gürbüz’s art is about images. These images are not purely painterly, but are rather enriched by poetry, fairy tales, and parables. Each painting has its own story; they are not born from stories, but rather have formed their own unique tales. As has been pointed out about Gürbüz’s work, “These paintings stem from a dream in the middle of the night, lit by a full-moon.” Selma Gürbüz looks at themes derived from history, nature, the subconscious, and mythology—the human figures are quite often alone, displaying animal-like characteristics. This points to them being integrated into nature and that they are protected by nature. Their discomforts and pain express the artist’s own creative process.
Recently, figures are situated on the artist’s meticulously woven, dream-like landscapes, integrated as her palette transitions from black to soft hues of brown. Her characters are mysterious and poetic at the same time, inviting the viewer to interrogate and express their inner worlds. We remember what we have seen and on the other side, the reality is not out of our minds; it chases us. By displaying our fears, dreams, and anxieties, Gürbüz actually points to what exists through what is constructed. Perhaps this is why Gürbüz positions herself at the intersection of curiosity and magic. To see the world within this other world, the viewer does not need glasses. Imagination is more than enough.

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If you would  like to have more information about Selma Gürbüz biography, paintings and past  exhibitions, you may visit her' s web page and for the current exhibition please visit to Gallery Rampa Istanbul' s web page.


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EXPANSE.  LOST.  2011


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KUFIC 2011

 
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SUNSET. BEFORE AND BEYOND 2011


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PAST EXHIBITION FROM SELMA GURBUZ


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FEMME A LA MUSTACHE 2006 / MUSEUM LONDON

 
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SOLEIL 2 - 2006 / GALERIE MAEGHT PARIS


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SOLEIL 1 - 2006 / GALERIE MAEGHT PARIS


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MOUNTAIN 7 - 2006 / MAEGHT GALERIE



SELMA GÜRBÜZ