Artwork of the Week
Dated 2012, Gencay Kasapçı’s work “Infinity Point“ is part of a series carrying the same name, consisting of 105 artworks. In this series Gencay Kasapçı had worked with themes such as beginnings and endings, starting from zero and coming back to it. The original 30- centimeter model of the artwork was displayed at the “Infinity Point 2“ exhibition in 2015. The artist’s wish to create it as a large-scale work was only realized as a reproduction after her death. Utilizing elements like light and color, the artist achieves a continuity even outside of the work itself, drawing attention to the link between beginnings and endings by the use of points. The mere fact that Kasapçı’s work came to life as a reproduction after her death makes one think about the "eternity" of ideas, compared to the life that begins and ends. Artwork can be seen at the “I-You-They: A Century of Artist Women“ exhibition at Meşher until March 27,2022.
News of the Week
HABITAT by Heleen Blanken meets art and technology lovers at Zorlu PSM Sky Lounge. The installation, first exhibited as a part of Sonar +D Istanbul, transforms the 3D scans of organic archival materials from the Leiden Naturalis Biodiversity Center into data; offering a visual feast. Amsterdam-based visual artist Heleen Blanken’s data-driven installation blends art with technology while making the viewer think of a future that remembers habitats destroyed by environmental crises by digitizing them. Surrounding the viewer with various sensors in the area, HABITAT depicts the complex interaction between human and nature, pushing the viewer to question the effect it has left on the environment. Heleen Blanken redefines the ever-changing dynamics between humanity and nature by re-defining organic / artificial and analog / digital dualities. HABITAT can be seen at Zorlu PSM until October 31st.
Artist of the Week
Born in 1933, Ankara Gencay Kasapçı started to paint at a very young age. After graduating from İstanbul Fine Arts Academy Painting Department, she opened her first exhibition after moving back to Ankara where she studied classical archeology for a year. She studied fresco and mosaic art at the Florence Academy with a scholarship from the Italian Government. She then moved to Rome where she opened her own gallery. Her abstract artworks in the 60s made her acquainted with artists from Zero Movement. Kasapçı’s works were displayed with Italian artists such as Fontana, Manzoni and also with the founders of Zero, Mack and Pienne. She then moved back to Turkey in 1966. From many murals she had painted between 1963-68, the only known one remains at ODTÜ. She sculpted “Liberty“ and “Orange Tree'' Monuments in Mersin and she had over 100 solo exhibitions both domestic and international. Gencay Kasapçı passed away in 2017, Mersin.