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Olympic Bounce
Handcut on mold paper, spray paint, 109 x 133 cm, 2019

  • Olympic Bounce
  • Not to be was not be
  • Scheming
  • Call Of Cthulhu
  • Theoretician Post-Mortem
  • Encouragement
  • A Descriptive Information for Foundation
  • A moment for Past and Future
  • On Other People’s Playground

A Rough Wind Was Circling the Square

Serkan Yüksel

09 May - 15 June 2019

Serkan Yüksel will meet the audience with his sixth solo exhibition, and the first one to be held under x-ist’s representation, entitled “A Rough Wind Was Circling the Square” between May 9 – June 15, 2019.

Conveying his criticism regarding contemporary problems by means of strong symbols and images, Serkan Yüksel meets the audience with his first solo exhibition at x-ist between May 9 – June 15. The voids meticulously created by him and his powerful setup rendering his multilayered surfaces impressive underlie his original critical expression.

In his political criticism, Yüksel focuses on social memory as well as the individual’s memories. He finds the traces of the past sometimes in a son being the target instead of an apple and sometimes in a timid rabbit being digested. The artist directs his look towards humanity’s most important problems, sometimes towards existence and sometimes towards annihilation… He searches for the truth behind the visible in myths and in science, from William Tell to Darwin. Yüksel’s use of metaphor and his elaborative setup leads to a deliberate thinking process.

From the exhibition text prepared by Derya Yücel:

“…The plastic dynamism of the pictures that Serkan Yüksel creates by meticulously cutting out, separating, sculpting, combining, transforming layer by layer from maps, models, dress patterns and newspapers is harsh, destructive and violent as well as fragile. Tracking the universe that keeps swirling in a vortex full of people, animals, human-animals, things and undefinable creatures erupting from all that signs, metaphors and symbols, the artist looks for human vulnerability in the vague and slight but that painful paper cut. By pulling out the hope of healing in the ache of the cut and the trace of the wound, he is concerned about shaping a symbolic tale based on imagination against the reality created by power, his subjective reality by means of creative act. This is because the vulnerable (fragile) one is not the victim, on the contrary, can be open to act, be influenced and influence in return both individually and collectively. The act of the artist is like continuing a battle in spite of dust and a strong wind on humanity’s decadent, morbid historical battlefield loaded with darkness and tragedy. This is because the formation of the line (cut) between the pains that we have surrendered ourselves to and that we can fight to transform is fundamentally political. …”