Contemporary İstanbul 2019
Galeri MCRD participates in Contemporary İstanbul 2019 (Booth B105) with a solo booth of 14 new paintings by Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay.
12-15 September 2019
Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center
Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay's paintings in the exhibition address the timeless theme of power through hybrids of symbolic characters and nuanced allegory, with a surrealist aesthetic, through stream of consciousness storytelling.Painting freely from her psyche, mining her unconscious for dreamlike imagery, the artist comes up with otherworldly compositions commenting ironically on human condition. Having worked in corporate management for a decade, she has experienced how power is being wielded directly; so this subject came to her naturally.
Moving effortlessly between abstraction and figuration, the imagined and the real; the paintings in this exhibition are depicting a world in which indications of a specific place or time are absent. A poetics of free-association unites the works.
March 5-April 25 2015
All three artists come from different backgrounds - Alexandre Dujardin from Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, Alpagrif from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay from Bosphorus University -; but they have a lot in common: their works share a surreal element, a love of nature: Dujardin’ s exquisite flowers, butterflies and figures form a brain, and meet Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay’s otherworldly insects or humanized trees living in a parallel world; and Alpagrif’s surreal creatures navigating the seas under full moon. They bring an ethereal sensibility to their paintings; and their “Epiphanies”, sudden intuitive perceptions into the essential meanings of their preoccupations, constitute the main theme of this exhibition based on the idea that artists depict these very epiphanies in most of their works.
This cross-generational exhibition presents the works of three artists of the same family together: Grandmother, mother and son; and all three artists celebrate the beauty of nature in its very spectacularity.
The artists celebrate the beauty of nature in its very spectacularity. The landscapes characterized by luminescence of color reflect the artists’ sense of awe in the grandeur of nature, although they use different styles. Saadet Cengiz’s spirited insects dressed as a bride and groom leaving their fairy tale home in the rocks are otherworldly creatures populating her active imagination; living in an imaginary world where reality is upturned. Imagination is as limitless as the horizon. In this, they meet her grandson Alpagrif’s vividly colored coastal scenes, especially the one depicting the angel of death in the act of taking a mortal to the “other side”; or her daughter Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay’s spirited flowers interacting with birds, depicting the ambiguity involved. It is clear that the artists’ strong desire to see things beyond the immediately perceptible, or things beyond the rational or comprehensible unites them, although there are long years separating them.
February 2- 27 2015
Other Worlds Exhibition
Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay's Other Worlds series paintings aim to create an artificial reality.They open up windows onto a universe in which narratives are reimagined; leading the viewers onto "other worlds".
The artist's perspective engenders an indeterminacy that veers sharply from the real world. The occupants of her paintings are the stuff of dreams. In a visual interplay of the familiar and the unknown, she imagines the macrocosmic depths of the universe. In her fairytale world, people, animals, plants and hybrid creatures interact, but familiar dimensions and natural laws no longer apply. She explores both the happy and threatening sides of fairy tales , alluding to diverse cultural references: themes of the Ottoman culture like derviches are represented in a technique reminiscent of “ebru” , the ancient art of marbling materialising as if part of a dreamy meditation where otherworldly figures appear; referencing to the futuristic science fiction elements populating the painting like in Mystery.
December 2, 2014 - January 17, 2015
Contemporary İstanbul 2014
Galeri MCRD participates in Contemporary İstanbul 2014 (Booth LK 604) with works by Özlem Paker, Ayşe Ören, Alexandre Dujardin,Sonia Klajnberg, İpek Yeğinsü, Balca Arda and Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay.
Nov 13th – 16th 2014
Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center
The exhibition features 6 artists whose work spans a myriad of styles and applications, from figuration to abstraction.ÖZLEM PAKER participated to the group exhibition with her kinetic sculpture Pinning The Map and digital collages Rhthym 03 and Rhthym 19, and AYŞE ÖREN with her interactive brass sculpture Too Funky.The gallery also presents ALEXANDRE DU JARDIN's three works from Aenima and Adventures of Sonia Ploum series, SONIA KLAJNBERG's three works from her Revolution of Robots series, and İPEK YEĞİNSU's digital photography from her City Lights series. Also on view is Balca Arda's digital painting Indirect, exhibited along YASEMİN CENGİZ ÇAĞATAY's mixed media works The Eye, Deep Blue, The Dream, Heaven, Mystery, Pure, Retopia, Allegory, Embrace, DNA and Chaos.
The title of the exhibition, “WORK-IN-PROGRESS” is a metaphor for Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay’s particular working method, the restless, searching quality of her work : A process of ongoing exploration and discovery.
Constant change inherent in the meaning of “work_in_progress” reflects the work process of the artist defining image production in the artist’s mind. Working from imagination alone without an a priori image, eschewing sketches and source material, the artist creates images spontaneously. With her experimental work, the artist aims creating her own artificial reality.Her multiple, overlapping vantage points allow for her ongoing exploration of both nonlinear narratives and alternate histories:the omnipresent sense of constant search is built into the structure of her work; implicitly suggesting the possibility of simultaneous, diverging experiences and realities. Creating imperceptible transitions between different times and places, the artist effortlessly transports the viewer through space and time.
September 10-October 28, 2014
Reflex exhibition features the artworks of 11 artists selected by its curator İpek Yeğinsü around the "Reflex" theme. Ayşe Ören participates with her interactive sculpture,Lale Delibaş with a stop-motion animation,Özlem Paker with an interactif web game, kinetic sculpture and digital collage, İpek Yeğinsü with her photography and digital works, Alexandre Dujardin, Balca Arda, Derin Çiler, Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Sonia Klajnberg, Genco and Jeff Harvey with digital paintings.
May 21- July 5, 2014
Reflex is the general term defining involuntary responses produced in the face of an outside stimulus. Some reflexes are inborn, others are acquired later and are controlled by the brain; they are defined as “conditioned reflex”. If our reflexes are so deeply correlated with conditioning and even with our temperament, how shall we evaluate our decisions? Do our decisions really belong to us? Or are they the result of behavioral patterns being imposed on us from the day we are born?How do unconsciously acquired prejudices affect our choices? REFLEX is searching for the answers in works by eleven different artists. It brings side by side the situations where our decisions are essentially no more complex than an inborn reflex, with those in which we have to struggle with vital choices for self realization. Wishing that REFLEX generates an occasion for every viewer to reconsider his or her life, choices and decisions. İpek Yeğinsü, the curator of the exhibition
The Quest Exhibition
Both in terms of the concepts of interest and technical experimentation, every artist is in a never ending, exciting and painful quest.Every artwork featured in the exhibition is a manifestation of both the artist’s creative quest and of the individual, inner journey he/ she goes through as his/her own epic’s hero/ine.
March 20- May 3, 2014
The gallery's inaugural exhibition The Quest is curated by İpek Yeğinsü and features works produced in different techniques by eight different artists: Site specific sound installation Black Box by Sair Sinan Kestelli, Outside video work by Yiğit Hepsev with sound by Mete Birgören, video installation The Fight between Eye and Ear by Asena Hayal and digital paintings by Balca Arda (Indirect), Sonia Klajnberg (Bluegras), Alexandre Dujardin (Let Me Tell You a Story, Don’t Be Sad Little Girl, Reflection, Toad and Water Lilly, Wings for Sonia), Murat Cengiz (Self Portrait, Undefinable, Cree) and Gökhan Yıldız (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).