Artwork of the Week
Launching his first solo exhibition of 2023 in Pilevneli, Elmacı directed three short films for the first time in his life. One of these films, 'Love Me More Than Yourself', is about an icon that the public believes in as a savior. Produced by Bulut Reyhanoğlu, the short film depicts the figure of “might”, which appeals to the masses and arouses expectations, a princess who has become unrecognizable with post-it papers and has turned into a wishing tree. This figure, played by Aleyna Tilki, seems to be equipped with the expectations of the masses until she loses herself. The short film "Love Me More Than Yourself", which has recently been receiving wide media coverage, can be seen at the artist's latest exhibition until February 18 at Pilevneli Dolapdere.
News of the Week
Cendere Water Pumping Station has been redesigned by İBB Miras as a new contemporary art space to add energy to the culture and art scene in Istanbul within the scope of a project to protect cultural heritage sites in the city. The exhibition titled “Witness of the Flow”, which started with the idea that the Cendere Water Pumping Station, built in 1902, could create a universe for the art of the future shows the artists' attempt to make physical, cognitive or imaginary spaces their own. Curated by Derya Yücel, Ebru Yetişkin and Marcus Graf, the exhibition offers an invitation to an environment where we can experience this flow and coexistence. The "Witness of the Flow" exhibition, which hosts the works of 22 contemporary artists including Genco Gülan, İrem Tok and Volkan Aslan can be seen at Cendere Sanat until April 30, 2023.
Artist of the Week
Born in Sinop in 1976, Ali Elmacı graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2010 with a degree in Painting. In 2011, the artist had his first exhibition titled "Heritage Passes From Father to Son" at x-ist gallery. The artist is known for his unrealistic language of expression and his detailed point of view against the imaginary world created by the most common thoughts and feelings surrounding us. Observing our souls through his characters that gaze directly into our eyes from the canvases, his works contain psychological conversations. Elmacı mainly uses oil painting in his works in which he 'depicts the ugly’ as stated by him. The paintings are loaded with dramatic irony, enabling us to rediscover the images that the modern world glorifies in our eyes with a cynical approach. International exhibitions and fairs attended by the artist include Art Dubai 2012, Art14London, SCOPE Basel 2012, and Art14 London.