Ebru Uygun

In the past Ebru Uygun was performing only the act of painting itself, but today she works with four swathes of canvas, which she paints and then deconstructs by hand. The artist tears the painted material into strips, a performance that increasingly becomes physically demanding. In what may be considered a cathartic action, she can spend an entire day tearing strips for just one painting. One can easily imagine her working with unfettered abandon, relieved of any rules or structures of the traditional painting practice. Uygun also archives the sounds of such performances, recording all of the audio activity at her studio from the violent act of tearing the canvas to the heavy breathing resulting from her toil.

Ebru Uygun (b. 1974, Istanbul) attended the Department of Art and Design, Kingston University and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Illustration at the University of Brighton. A selection of Uygun’s solo and group exhibitions include Complicité, Dirimart, Istanbul (2002); Things, C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul (2003); Breath, Mac Art Gallery, Istanbul (2005); Trace, Mac Art Gallery, Istanbul (2006); Dirimart Presents, Dirimart, Istanbul (2009); Time for a Dream, Dirimart, Istanbul (2009); Istanbul Cool: Turkish Contemporary Art at Close Proximity, New York (2010); Confessions of Dangerous Minds, Saatchi Gallery, London (2011); Lucid Dreaming, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2011); In Time and Rhythm, Dirimart, Istanbul (2012); Past and Present, Istanbul Modern (2013); Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2013); Inside, Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); Random Process, Dirimart, Istanbul (2016); and Surface and Beyond, Dirimart, Istanbul (2016). Ebru Uygun lives and works in Istanbul.

SELECTED WORKS
Last Text of the Book
Last Text of the Book
Untitled
Untitled
Rich
Rich
The White City
The White City
Back View
Back View
The Box
The Box
EXHIBITIONS

Ebru Uygun

Random Process

12 May 2016–30 June 2016 | Dirimart Nişantaşı

Ebru Uygun

In Time and Rhythm

06 January 2012–07 February 2012 | Dirimart Nişantaşı

Ebru Uygun

Time for a Dream

10 March 2009–12 April 2009 | Dirimart Nişantaşı

 

Surface and Beyond

26 May 2016–30 July 2016 | Dirimart

 

Ad Infinitum

09 September 2019–10 November 2019 | Dirimart

Ebru Uygun

The Sky a Silver

15 January 2020–16 February 2020 | Dirimart

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Dirimart Presents VII: Still Life

09 June 2020–29 July 2020 | Dirimart
PUBLICATIONS