14 Mar - 06 Apr 2013

Reflections

Mahir Güven

Reflection V, 80x85 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2013

Reflection V, 80x85 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2013

 

Can our artistic works be things that we create in our own fantasy?  Are we capable of creating the world inside our own dreams? 

Or is it perhaps the other way around, and that world creates us, and we repeat the world that is in our dreams.

A reality based on the specific properties of the moment in which we find ourselves is formed within the artist’s fantasy.  This reality is one that moves away from what is perceived by the senses, and finally becomes the reality in the view of the audience, reflected on the canvas.  Could this be an inexhaustible, infinite repetition?

It is at this point that Baudrillard characterizes a simulation as the falseness that takes the place of reality when the symbols related to reality have been taken away.   

The thing that has covertly eliminated reality and taken its place is hyper-reality.  Thus the difference between real and false, reality and image has been taken away.

No matter how you look at the canvas, what is real is the reality created by the person who is looking.  While those two eyes facing the canvas are creating their own reality, what they are actually observing is an illusion-reality.  In the reduplication of the figures, it is not possible for us to know which one is real and which one is a reflection.  
For we now have two separate phenomena, rather than a reality and a reflection.  In front of us there is actually only one “phenomenon”, and that is the reality created by the viewer.  What is fundamental is the image that emerges in relation to the viewer, the picture itself.  

Do we see because we imagine?  Or, do we create and form the world and our selves based on the results of our experiences?  These are age-old questions.  I have attempted to use this metaphor as the focal point for my exhibition.   




 Mahir Güven