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Arts of Gulten Imamoglu


"She adopts the universal phenomenons like birth, death, life and motion with the countercurrents of painting's abstract expression and makes death usual, life dynamic and movements clear. In a sense, she prefers to imprison us into her paintings which makes us meet our inner selves....

While the paintings act as examples of the contemporariness which she had internalized, they do not estrange to the traditional art forms. Hence, on one hand they are academic, on the other hand, they wink to prodigality of a spendthrift bohemian. While they are displaying the reflections of an adventurer soul, they do not relinquish from a domestic sacredness. They are confidential but they make an incited sexuality dominant power. They gird us with integrating an infertile motion with a prolific image....

She manages to bring together dynamism of beauty with stability of death, infinity of thought with concreteness of art and mercilessness of reality with livability of dreams. Colors are not seen as colors in her paintings, but as a vortex reminding of a natural disaster. Opening our eyes to far horizons, they actually deal with meaningful and unexpected blows to our inner world. Its caressing is like a heavy slap on the face, its fluidity is like an escape sometimes borrowed but intractable. To tell the truth, painter seems to be skilled enough to escape from us and to take shelter in her colorful universe. She likes color countercurrents and she does not hesitate to shoot us with that gun. Defining Gülten İmamoğlu as an artist who attacks to colors and defends herself with colors will not be wrong, as she makes her colors a hurtful poison, an indispensable  exuberant, an idolized death and a livable paradise. "


“You are exiled in the tree of life I touch. Exiled to age in my cellar…” “Sürgün (Exile)” analyzes the cycle of birth-life-death and the soul’s attitude against the universe in a metaphysical manner. Relating, even associating life to death, the imagery are seen on a equal and identical platform on the plane of birth, life and death. Referring to the scriptures’ myth of Adam’s being expelled from the Heaven and exiled in the Earth, the life itself is perceived as an exile... The Exile is a fight sometimes in the deep inside, sometimes against the very own soul... The Exile is sometimes the destiny of a nation, sometimes a bud in the motif of a tree of life, and sometimes love... In any case, each exile accommodates a new start. The essence and depth in colors match with the meaning and content of the lines of the well-known poet Pablo Neruda and they are revealed as sometimes the reflection of form on lines, and sometimes illustrations of lines. In my late works on exile, metaphors layered in themselves and intermingling among each other are tried to be brought together in the livability of dreams with a mastery in color and form. The Exile comprises both a punishment and a start-over. These two matters are sometimes intermixed.
Posted by GULTEN IMAMOGLU on 3/8/09 | tags: modern abstract mixed-media traditional

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