All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2019
All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Mixed media painting by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay

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Detail from Meditation by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2
Detail from Meditation by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2

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Detail from Are You With Me Or Not?  by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contempor
Detail from Are You With Me Or Not? by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contempor

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All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2019
All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Mixed media painting by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay

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Contemporary Istanbul
2019

Galeri MCRD presents  'All About Power' solo exhibition of Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay featuring 14 paintings. She addresses the timeless theme of power through hybrids of symbolic story telling.Painting freely from her psyche, mining her unconscious for dream like imagery, she 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.

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September 12-15 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay is interested in painting the unknown. While painting portals into alien worlds, dream landscapes and new realities, she devises complex stories about the nature of being. There is never just one reading of her art. Her doodling is like improve jazz rifs on a theme, and her work suggests ambiguity and ambivalence ; she seeks new possibilities endlessly. At this solo exhibition she addresses the timeless theme of power through hybrids of symbolic story telling.Painting freely from her psyche, mining her unconscious for dream like imagery, she 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.

Her works are infused with a dreamlike, surreal sensibility; and she dresses unsettling themes like power in sparkles, gemstones, and fantasy. Her kaleidoscopic images are a swirl of beauty and hinted violence, and she uses beasts, birds of paradise, butterflies, fish and flowers as well as dragon-bird creatures to animate her cartoon-like characters.She combines representation and abstraction, with a tendency towards gesturalism. She is influenced by diverse references, from Surrealists to contemporary artist Glenn Brown, including futurists  as well as symbolists like Mihail Vrubel. Seeing Surrealism as an opening to express her inner self, her mind's eye likes to play: a compendium of images that are by turns poignant, comic, skillful, naive, grotesque or elegant. None are what they seem at first sight. They are designed to provoke thought on the caprices of perception and mysteries of mental pleasure.

While her bold paintings obviously look back to the painterly experimentation, her imagery is also heavily influenced by the current video-game graphics; hence the contemporary end result. Her figurative paintings show abstract elements, interacting on the pictorial plane, creating a deep, but ever changing pictorial space of multi focal character.The viewer is forced to readjust his/her position at every new look. Her de-focalisation of the image is disconcerting; most of her paintings can be hung upside down and become a new painting. Her bold colors and sinuous forms further enhancing the bombastic effect of her intricately structured compositions; her work becomes more and more 'hyper' like her, and also reflect her obsession with color.

 

 

 

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay started to get involved with paints and paintings as a child as the daughter of her art teacher mother; and received her foundations from her and her large art history books collection. A major establishment in Turkish  art history using a blend of Turkish and French curricula, Galatasaray High School she attended from 11 to 19 years old provided a favorable environment for arts education.After winning the first prize in Turkish Airlines' national competition, she has been invited to the State Academy of Fine Arts, but she has attended Bosphorus University Business School. After working in corporate management for a decade, she started to pursue her vocation in 2007, self studying painting in her Istanbul studio. She has educated herself in the art fairs, museums, galleries and bookstores of Paris, London and NYC, focusing also in psychology. She attended the education programs of Sotheby's Institute of Art NY , London and IESA Paris. 

She had her first exhibitions at Galeri MCRD she co-founded, starting with All Arts Istanbul Fair in 2013 and continuing with Contemporary Istanbul 2014.

 

Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center Istanbul

About the Artist

Selected Works

Frozen by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019
Detail from The Crest by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Detail from  The Crest,2019

Frozen, 2019

Detail from Let me tell you a story by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Detail from  Let Me Tell You a Story, 2019

All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

All about Power, 2019

You Are Confused, Listen to Me by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

You Are Confused, Listen To Me, 2019

Exhibition View

Galeri MCRD's booth at Contemporary Istanbul 2019 presenting Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay's solo exhibition

Six of fourteen paintings exhibited at the fair

Galeri MCRD's booth in Contemporary Istanbul 2019 featuring Yasem Cagatay's solo exhibition

'It Doesn't Mean You Are Not Followed'  at CI'19

You Are Confused, Listen To Me by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

You Are Confused, Listen to Me and  Let Me Tell You a Story

Detail from Hymn of Life by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Detail from Hymn of Life at CI'19

Installation View of Galeri MCRD's booth at Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Installation View of the fair

I Promise You Eden by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

I Promise You Eden at CI'19

Installation View of Galeri MCRD's booth at Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Installation View of the fair

Selected Works

Detail from Are You With Me Or Not? by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

 Detail from Are You with Me or Not?, 2019

Detail from Meditation by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from Meditation, 2019

Burn The Sky by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Burn the Sky, 2019

Detail from Hymn of Life by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019
Detail from I Promise You Eden by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from I Promise You Eden, 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from Hymn of Life, 2019

Detail from All About Power by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019
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Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from Chasing Fortuna , 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from All About Power, 2019

Hymn of Life by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019
Detail from It Doesn't Mean You Are Not Followed by Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay at Galeri MCRD's exhibition in Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Detail from It Doesn't Mean You Are Not Followed

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Hymn of Life, 2019