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Website
http://www.gulayalpay.com
College / University
Mimar Sinan Fine Art Universty
Program / Degree
Master Degree
Member type
Artist
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Installation, Painting, Performance
I am...
an Artist
find more info about me
www.gulayalpay.com
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/profile/index.php
About my artwork
Evolving Environments
Abraham Lubelski on Gulay Alpay 3D Project Room Installation.
Using fluorescent paint and fabric to explore
color, luminosity, movement and sculptural space, Turkish artist Gulay Alpay
captures the energy of the life—from the people she meets to the places she travels. With raw energy and provocation Alpay’s work explores painting’s potential. Her installations, paintings and interactive environments occupy a domain between a romantic and a conceptual art form in which a deep, psychological experience is formed. In her works broad brushstrokes and graffiti-esque lines, in acidic and delicate
colors, dash across an epic surface inviting
the viewer inside.
Alpay’s 3D Project Room Installation is a world within a world. Each of these “worlds” are created with a variety of mediums.
Alpay has developed a reputation for epic poetic works that display both delicacy and fragility, revealing a deep respect
for something fundamental, primal, and indigenous.
Alpay began the invocative piece in Istanbul, completing the creative process in front of a live audience at the gallery space in NY. Turkish designer Emre Erturk collaborated with Alpay on the opening night during the performance. The performance/
live installation re-creates the artist’s
studio within a gallery context, allowing
both the artist and the viewer to exist inside, and outside the picture—therefore becoming apart of the artist’s state of creation.
In this sense her action is both political
and aesthetic–and in its action, aims to transform existing language and its effects.
Alpay continues to explore the idea of transforming yourself and your environment through ritual and the creative act. To her, each artistic act—from layering paint on the silk and her own body to building an environment of paintings and drawings—are all opportunities
for purification, love and rebirth. At her core she is still investigating the alternative semantics of the artistic body–those suppressed by layers of Western rationalism. Presenting
this scenario as a premeditated action in a clinically white and a typically cold space, she challenges both what is acceptable in an art venue, as well as the boundaries of art. In this way the exhibition and performance questions her position as subject/object and the possibility
of transcending this. 3D Project Room Installation offers us as viewers the opportunity to investigate relations—throwing performance art back into a pool of nebulous ideas and issues. More specifically, the categorization of the work, which fluctuates from performance to living sculpture and live installation, to looped video art-like action.
Demanding that viewers leave at the door notions of what painting should be, Alpay allows them the freedom to let feelings be their guide. Her paintings and sketches, straddle the line between representation and abstraction. The artist’s strength lies within this fluid movement between genres and categories. Caught between description and dreamlike states, and the observed and the imagined, Alpay’s work transforms the natural world into poetic
visions and fantasy, while still utilizing symbolic elements to convey psychological ideas and emphasize the “freedom” of art from traditional
culture.
While preserving
both Expressionist influences,
Alpay’s paintings offer a new and unique contribution to the art and culture
of their times. Her method is contemplative, meditative, and indulgent. The paradoxes in Alpay’s work lie in the blurring of boundaries between interior and exterior, self and others, the physical and spiritual. This is a mysterious form of creation, in which art seems to return to its ancestral shamanic role. Reminiscent of a dream voyage to another place, Alpay’s works are deeply personal, evoking her own subconsciousness, while revealing universal
truths about the journey and celebration of life. 0
“While preserving both Expressionist
influences, Alpay and Erturk’s paintings
offer a new and unique contribution to
the art and culture of their times.”
Courtesy of the artist.
Artists I like
Jeff Koons
AndyWarhol
Interests
all about modern art..share my art all around the world...create interactive art works...
Centre of the artworld:
New York, my studio, nowhere and everywhere, another city

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GULAY ALPAY POOL ART FAIR NEW YORK 2011 CURATED ABRAHAM LUBELSKİ

Curated by Abraham Lubelski 

This year Gülay Alpay will participate in the…
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Posted on February 28, 2011 at 22:05

Abraham Lubelski on Gulay Alpay 3D Project Room Installation.NY ART Magazine Fall 2009

Evolving Environments

Abraham Lubelski on Gulay Alpay 3D Project Room Installation.

Using fluorescent paint and fabric to explore

color, luminosity, movement and sculptural space, Turkish artist Gulay Alpay

captures the energy of the life—from the people she meets to the places she travels. With raw energy and provocation Alpay’s work explores painting’s potential. Her installations, paintings and interactive environments occupy a domain between a romantic and a conceptual… Continue

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 13:13

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At 9:55 on September 9, 2008, Aviva Beigel said…
thank you Gulay,
hope you are ok, doing something new?
At 10:25 on August 26, 2008, Aviva Beigel said…
welcome, good to see you!
At 8:19 on August 26, 2008, Albertin, Sassu, Scordo said…
Thanks
GRUPPO SINESTETICO from taly
www.grupposinestetico.it
At 23:56 on August 25, 2008, dianne bowen said…
greetings Gulay!
At 21:12 on August 25, 2008, Robert Tombs said…
Thanks for joining my friends Gulay. Nice paintings!

Robert
 
 
 

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