Belkıs Balpınar

6 Nov 2015 – 12 Dec 2015

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Kare Art Gallery

İstanbul, Turkey

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I would like to quote an exchange between famous physicist Richard Feyman and his artist friend.

I have a friend who is an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I dont agree with very well. Hell hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and Ill agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that hes kind of nutty. First of all, I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is but I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean its not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; theres also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: Why do flowers look so aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower.

This statement reassures that artists can also  observe the universe analytically. I, too, interested in what we look but cannot see. We believe everything exist as we see, or more accuratly as we perceive them. In fact, we are limited to what our biological structure allows us. 

In the universe, there is an order according to our preception of time. In the microcosmos though, randomness persists. Our world, positioned between the two, seems to swing in a continuous entropy and chaos, created by mankind. 

I am trying to get away from this chaos and look into galaxies, planets in macro universe which seems  more orderly as well as organisms and particles in micro universe. My practice is focused on creating images that follows the motions and dimensions of  these forms while testing the limits of rug weaving by leaving entirely unweaved spaces which enables weawing of patterns and creation  of multidimensional works.


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