RUMEYSA – Pi Artworks London hosts artistic experiments on depth of perception

Pi Artworks London hosts artistic experiments on depth of perceptionMehmet Ali Uysal, a Turkish conceptual artist from Ankara, is making his UK debut with a solo exhibition currently on display at the Pi Artworks London gallery.The artist plays with the audienceand#39s sense of depth via a new set of works he has created specifically for this show.

Titled andldquoBLOCK,andrdquo this new series is one of the most closely related to Uysaland#39s personal life, the artist explained during a recent interview with Todayand#39s Zaman. andldquoMy previous work was mostly interpretations on spaces I worked at.

For this one, however, I feel like Iand#39ve taken parts of my home to the gallery space. Itand#39s like a collage for me — a collage of the walls of my home and the gallery space.

andrdquoPerception is a fundamental element of Uysaland#39s work.andldquoI read once that kinesthetic perception is considered the sixth sense.

It is related to oneand#39s movement. It is about not just seeing an object in and#39spaceand#39 but being closer to or farther away from it.

When we look around us, our eyes actually see things in two dimensions but we perceive the depth through our kinesthetic abilities, meaning with our movement,andrdquo Uysal said.andldquoI was moved by that explanation.

I believe this is an issue I would like to delve into,andrdquo he said, adding: andldquoSometimes people label my works as an andlsquoillusionand#39 but Iand#39m not sure about that label. While perceiving our surroundings, the depth of space is something we have but are not entirely sure of.

andrdquoOne of Uysaland#39s best-known works is a public sculpture titled andldquoSkin,andrdquo which he created in Chaudfontaine Park in Liege, Belgium, and which was included in a list of 10 public works by the Independent newspaper in the UK.Asked about the difference between creating works in a public space and a gallery space, the artist said that although he is working on the concept of andldquospace,andrdquo he does not have a specific method or way of creating, so there is not much of a difference between the two for him andldquoI work with different materials in different situations.

Sometimes I do research on materials since you cannot do everything with any material you like. The most significant source for me is the organized industrial zone in Ankara, [known as] OSTIM,andrdquo he said.

andldquoI generally use my previous artwork as a base for a new one. They are generally processes that have started at some point in time and that still continue,andrdquo he added.

andldquoMost of them were site-specific and the spaces were determined by the projects themselves. Sometimes it was a gallery space, sometimes a house, sometimes a corner of a classroom, or a window at home.

What I mean is all the projects gave clues about their space while they were just an idea in the beginning, I tried to execute them as well as I could in the best possible space.andldquoOf course, creating a public work enables you to reach the audience much more easily.

It is easier for viewers to embrace the work as well, since they are freer to interact with the artwork as opposed to a gallery space.andrdquoIn a previous interview with curator Adrienne Groen, Uysal explained that the concept of andldquohow the background, the gallery space, becomes the foregroundandrdquo was a central element in his gallery-based work.

In such cases, the artworkand#39s subject is the intention of manipulating the viewerand#39s experience of the physical space. andldquoThis also plays a part in my new work though I have been looking for other ways to realize my ideas now they are discrete, sculptural objects as opposed to integrated directly into the building itself.

With the andlsquoBLOCKand#39 series, I want to introduce a more personal element in my works while using architecture as my medium The objects of this exhibition are based on the walls, pillars and underlying structures of my home in Turkey.andrdquoUysal, who studied architecture at university, says his early work didnand#39t relate to his background in architecture.

andldquoI was actually glad that I no longer had to work within the limitations of architecture. But little by little, I became more aware of the fact that the site is just as crucial to art as it is to architecture, and gradually it became part of my practice.

andrdquoandldquoBLOCKandrdquo will run through March 28 at Pi Artworks London, located at 55 Eastcastle Street. For more information, visit www.

piartworks.com.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman