Yin Yang, Backyard Garden Istanbul
Duration: 9 June - 10 July 2016
Participating artists: Ebru Yılmaz Kale, Tuğberk Selçuk, Seda Gazioğlu, Yücel Kale
Yin and Yang are two phases of one basic energy, they are opposed but complementary to each other. They can not exist without each other. Yang is white and yin exists inside as black dot. Yin is black and there is Yang with a white dot inside. Their stance in this way represents the balance of the universe. All this duality exists in everything that appears to be one.Celebrating the arrival of Summer, which is Yang of the seasons, and as the Moon turns from new to full moon, Bebeköy welcomes a group sculpture exhibition. The exhibition will create a visual festivity for the audience by using the indoor and outdoor areas of the venue.
When we examine the works of the artists based on the Yin Yang philosophy that gave the exhibition its name, we can see the different ways of processing the phenomenon and feel the energy of the works. Yang is active. It is male, bright, strong, burns like fire. Yin is passivity in activity. It is female, it is dark, it contains wisdom, it reflects the inner self . If the “Alligator” sculpture is Yang, “Virgin Mary" is Yin. On the awareness that we are part of a whole, Seda Gazioğlu's cerebral hemispheres theme includes the two energy together. Yücel Kale is known for his skills in using wood and hard materials. If Yücel's works are Yang, is The Kate Moss torso, where Tuğberk skillfully combines two dimensions with three is just Yin? In the works of Ebru Yılmaz, despite the Yang texture of the material wood , the dominant energy is Yin, and it is the spirit of its femininity. The forms she transforms are elegant and passive. they are also powerful, dynamic and fluent provided by the repetition of a single form. There is an infinite loop in her sculptures representing life and energy. The fluency of the life cycle and its repetition constitutes the focal point of the artist's work.
Yin dissipates, Yang focuses. Yin is soft, Yang is hard. And all these are energy that stems from our own reflections and expressions.
Ayşe Pınar Akalın