by Burak Kutlay
20th January 2021 - 23rd April 2021
Human beings who has the power to change the earth geomorphologically have entered the Anthropocene age which is expected to be accepted by the international commission on stratigraphy. I point out and question the existence of individuals living in this system, where human beings were born and grew up in cities they created. I create works that reflect the multi-layered interaction of human bodies and portraits with city images by using natural material wood, synthetically produced epoxy and acrylic paint.
“Today's artists not only seek to create new discourses in different contexts, but also use different materials to deepen and layer the subject. Burak Kutlay, an artist who replicates what he wants to say in this diversity axis with different references. It reproduces and deepens the image by overlapping various architectural drawings by using epoxy on the portraits made with acrylic on wood. Therefore, the new 'landscape' that we watch in Kutlay's paintings, in a sense, is about the environment and architecture created by today's individual while on the other hand… In Kutlay's paintings, he does not distinguish between the city views and the architecture that surround the individual and himself. by pointing to the opposite, it truly points to the multi-layeredness of the human-environment relationship. Neither takes the portrait alone and glorifies it nor leaves the architecture breathless by isolating it from the individual. The fact that the paintings contain many architectural drawings and collages deepens this intimacy; the individual urges to rethink the environmental relationship.” - Esra Aliçavuşoğlu, 2018
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