MEHMET ALI UYSAL

MEHMET ALI UYSAL

Born in 1976, lives and works in Ankara, where he teaches at the Middle Eastern Technical University
2009 Hacettepe University, PhD, Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Ankara
2008 Exchange Programm, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art de Bourges

Collections

City of Umea Public Collection (2014 Culture Capital of Europe), Sweden
Audi Collection (Audi Bank Lebanon) Beirut, Lebanon
Golden Harvest Group Art Collection, India
Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh
Vehbi Koç Foundation Collection, Turkey
Ozyegin University Collection, Turkey
Le Vent Des Forets Festival Public Collection, Meuse, France
Chaudfontaine Parks Public Collection, Liege, Belgium
Tebdilimekan, Tepe Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey

Solo exhibitions

2016
Concrete Solutions (To Your Most Abstract Problems) curated by Yann Perreau, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
Hi!, Sapar Contemporary, New-York, USA

2015
Specific Gravity, M 1886, Ankara, Turkey
BLOCK, Pi Artworks, London, United Kingdom

2014
The Past, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China

2013
Pinch me awake, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany
Painting, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Basel Hong Kong, Pi Artworks, Hong Kong

2012
Peel, Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, Turkey

2011
Malist, Q Contemporary, Beirut, Lebanon
Mist, Etemad Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2010
Tebdilibeden, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
Suspended, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2008
Ex-libris, Galerie Eigenheim, Weimar, Germany

2007
Aesthetics Bridging Cultures, XVII International Congress of Aesthetics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Group exhibitions

2014
15th METU Art Festival, Ankara, Turkey

2013
Contemporary Istanbul’13, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
ArtInternational Istanbul, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2012
Eyeballing, Ankara Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey
Contemporary Istanbul’12, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
M 1886 Art Projects, Ankara, Turkey
Pi @ Q, Q Contemporary, Beirut, Lebanon

2011
Contemporary Istanbul’11, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
Trade Routes, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
If the Nature is Heaven the City is Hell, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey
Figure Out, Art Sawa, Dubai, UAE Art Dubai, Pi Artworks, Dubai, UAE

2010
Contemporary Istanbul’10, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
Floating Volumes, 5533, Istanbul, Turkey
Floating Volumes, Frise, Hamburg, Germany
White Out, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
Festival Cinq Saisons, Chaudfontaine, Belgium Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
Faso Fiso, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey
Cer Modern Opening Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey Out of Context, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2009
St-art, 14th European Contemporary Art Fair, Strasbourg, France
Temporary Harassment, Istanbul 2010 Portable Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey
Good, Bad, Ugly, Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey
In search of lost reality: nevgeneration, Galery Nev, Ankara, Turkey

2008
Cruise Experiences, Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey Truths and Mirages, video exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jeune Creation, Grand Hall de La Villette, Paris, France Sometime, Somewhere, Daire Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Le Vent Des Forets, the Contemporary Art Residency, Meuse, France
Art Is My Playground, Kucuk Ciftlik Eglence Park, Istanbul, Turkey

2007
Gercekci ol, imkansizi talep et! / Be a Realist, Demand the Impossible! (Curated by Halil Altindere), Karsi Sanat Calısmalari, Istanbul, Turkey
Galeri İçine Karışık Teknik (Mixed Media in a Gallery), Piramid Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Recalls – Reminders, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

2006
Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
So Far Away From Here, public space project, Haydarpasa Train Station, Istanbul, Turkey and Ankara Train Station, Ankara, Turkey
16th TUYAP Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
Golyazi Project, Artist Residency Project, Bursa, Turkey
Contemporary Art Exhibition, Incheon, South Korea
Hacettepe University Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey
Anarchy, Gazi University Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
Art and Money, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

2005
24th Contemporary Artists Exhibition, with Jury Special Award, Aksanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Sculpture exhibition, Gallery Concept, Ankara, Turkey
Familiarization with the Art and Culture of Europe Project, Multicultural Identity: Cultural Heri- tage, Art, Image, Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

2004
Unreal Realities, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
5th Hasanoglan Art Festival Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Ankara, Turkey

1998
Angora Art Exhibition, Angora Evleri, Ankara, Turkey
Sculpture exhibition, METU Cultural and Convention Center Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

Over the last few years, Galerie Paris-Beijing has been exploring the axis linking Europe to Asia, Paris to Beijing. On its way it knew precisely where to stop: Turkey, a country where the two continents meet. Since the beginning of the century, Istanbul has become a platform for a both innovating and dynamic art scene, of which Mehmet Ali Uysal is undoubtedly one of the most respected figures. Can we represent time? Can we stop it, freeze it in an instant? Do we perceive space correctly These unsolvable, metaphysical questions often cross our minds when facing a work of art. Uysal’s artistic practice gives perceptible existence to those thoughts. What role exactly does the artist play, in the process of creating an artwork? Such as Don Quixote facing the windmills, he defies the laws of nature through his sculptures, videos and installations. He materializes notions that are theoretically impossible to represent. He twists, shapes, distorts reality, bringing it beyond its boundaries. He offers concrete solutions to abstract problems.

The artist is renowned for his ability to subvert time and space : “Space, as we perceive it, is an illusion, he says. Our eyes only allow us to reconstitute reality in two dimensions, and it is through movement that we grasp the third one. Space is not really something we can see. We feel it”.
His large-scale installations are shaped from the specificity of each environment they are created for, hence deconstructing our preconceptions. Starting with an allegory, a crashed airplane, this exhibition takes us on another planet, defies our perception of the world, its weight, gravitation, matter, finally revealing itself for what it truly is. We are no longer lured by our senses, as if this well-known sixth one (kinesthesia as scientists call it) was added to the five canonical ones. This more suitable form of sensitivity that the artist creates allows us to feel everything around us.
With the Peel series (2012) the gallery walls became the artwork. Here Uysal goes one step further: the gallery space becomes the author. The artist steps aside to let the walls, their materials, the specific setting of the space express themselves.

This exhibition is also a tribute to the artist’s relationship with France, a country he knows well. It can be seen as a subtle and irreverent homage to Cartesianism. In 2008, Mehmet Ali Uysal was artist-in-residence at the Cité International des Arts. He exhibited a large-scale installation in Lorraine (Skin, Vent des forêts).

Yann Perreau