|Block now showing at Pi Artworks in central London|
In 2010, The Independent’s Top Ten Public Artworks featured Mehmet Ali Uysal’s giant installation of a clothes peg in
Last month, Uysal’s first solo exhibition in Liège, Belgium Britain
opened at Pi Artworks in central .
Titled ‘Block’, the Turkish artist’s playful
style of work is again evident as he makes the exhibition space central to his installations,
transforming the way a viewer both perceives and travels around the venue. London
The Ankara-based artist uses his training as an architect to toy with the gallery’s space and materials, integrating them into his art through flawless illusion. In Uysal’s hands, the walls are no longer mere fixed layers of cement and plaster, but appear soft and malleable strips that fuse with his sculpted objects.
|Mehmet Ali Uysal. Photo by Teri T. Erbeş|
Uysal’s subject matter, the contemporary art gallery, has been cut up and transformed into a series of specimens disengaged from their original context. Walking around the gallery, the viewer is confronted by contorted concrete pillars, stone blocks and square wall sections that are strewn across the floor, while others are pinned to the wall like some caught animal.
One of the most exciting contemporary artists from
Uysal was born in
in 1976 and originally studied architecture before turning to art. He gained a
Masters in sculpture at Mersin in 2005 and four
years later received his PhD in Fine Arts from the same institution. His thesis
study was on “Playing with Space”.
His art work has been exhibited all around the world and can be found in
numerous private and public collections, including at the Istanbul Modern
Collection, the Audi Collection in Hacettepe
University Beirut, and
the Samdani Art Foundation in . Dhaka,
Exhibition ends: Sunday 28 March 2015
Address: Pi Artworks,
55 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 11am-6pm