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    On Art and Society with Gözde Gürel

    Interview: İpek Yeğinsü

    The artist Gözde Gürel is both very young and profound. She welcomes the human being into her works with all his worry, pain and hope. As one of the newest members of the Art50.net family, we had a conversation with Gürel where we got to know more about her and her artistic practice.

     

    When and how did you become interested in art?

    I have been interested in painting since I was little. In the last seven years, I have been continuing my life as a graphic design student. Actually this had kept me away from the thought of having to decide on what to do with my life; yet this was also the time during which I rediscovered I had to keep on painting.

     

    You refer to your art as “close to the lowbrow movement”. Can we hear a bit more about it, its characteristics and history?

    Lowbrow is a visual artistic movement that emerged in late 70s in Los Angeles, California; it is also known as Pop Surrealism. It generally focuses on painting while occasionally being used in sculptures and toys, and it also draws inspiration from subculture and comics.

    Gözde Gürel, Gizli Oda Arkadaşı, 2015.

    Gözde Gürel, Secret Roommate, 2015.

    In your works, autobiographic elements, psychological references and social criticisms are plenty. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem in contemporary societies?

    If I consider myself a member of the society, I can answer this from a personal viewpoint; although we think we are very precious, we keep finding ourselves in devalued and devaluing relationships. This is as tiresome as it is ironic. There are is limit to our desire as well as to our pessimism.

     

    We may argue that your artistic approach has affinity with comics and caricature. Are there any comics you regularly follow? Your favorite comic hero/heroine? And why?

    Even if I’m not a devoted follower, I love reading comics. I find the Image Comics series particularly empowering and contemporary. I usually enjoy reading the stories of those characters like Wonder Woman and Batwoman that challenge gender norms.

     

    Your works contain references to social phobia. Your thoughts on this subject?

    I’m a member of the generation that has witnessed both the pre and the post internet era, and I can say we occasionally go through difficult times. Our emotions and actions are in constant conflict and I think this is why we tend to push people away, our problems being our main excuses.

     

    Gözde Gürel, Anksiyete, 2015.

    Gözde Gürel, Anxiety, 2015.

    The artists you admire? And the writers you find inspiration in?

    I can mention Matt Gordon, Alice Wellinger, Camille Rose Garcia, Alessandro Sicioldr, Elif Varol Ergen, Mercedes Helnwein, Nick Sheehy, Ali Elmacı and Thomas Ascott. In my high school years I used to paint out of inspiration from the writings of William S. Burroughs; I’m still influenced by the kind of writing that contains free associations, taking the mind to an intriguing journey. It works particularly well while developing an idea for a new work.

     

    How did you come across Art50.net? Your thoughts on online art platforms?

    I became acquainted with Art50.net after the group exhibition “Geography: LGBTI + Pride Week” at Galeri Bu. My works have never been on sale on an online platform before, and it will be a novelty for me as well.

     

    Your projects in the nearest future?

    My current priority is to keep my motivation high and to create even more art.

     

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