OJ presents Pınar Marul’s first solo show, ‘Unknown’
Maximillian De Lafayatte: Are you built the same as us?
Riyah: We don’t have your lungs. We don’t have your abdomen. So we don’t eat. We don’t have a digestive system. So we don’t produce wastes. We don’t feel pain because we don’t have a nervous system. And, we don’t sense fear, simply because emotions are not wired to our cellular motor.*
Here lies a fiction, taking place in the cracks of pure physics without a specific time or linear narrative. As the strange aesthetic challenges our limited perception of ‘vitality’, the forms translates into beings. As if these non-sentient beings are curious for feelings and visiting this planet in search for emotional entities. Yet, this blind-date might come at the expense of the host creating a possible parasitism.
In Pınar Marul’s solo show ‘Unknown’ an obscure frame of reality is being drawn. The Cyberpunk exhibition builds a surreal setting that brings along its possibilities, where the sci-fi works create a moment in contemporary art.
* From a meeting with female alien called Riyah, that belongs to the constellation of Naftari, 150 light years from Earth. A part from the book ‘Transcripts of the Alien-USA Meetings’ by Maximillian de Lafayette published in 2013 by Times Square Press (p.28).
After graduating with honors from ‘Sculpture’ at Mimar Sinan University in 2017, Pınar Marul continues to study ‘M.A. in Sculpture’. The artist lives and works in Istanbul.
OJ Art Space was founded in Asmalı Mescit,Taksim as an independent art space in 2016. In its first year OJ hosted over 10 contemporary art exhibitions, and soon became an important network for artists, curators, and writers from diverse countries that are interested in pushing the boundaries of contemporary exhibition making. OJ focuses on creating a unique space for artists to work on new methods of exhibiting as well as conducting communications for their participation in international media and publications.
OJ is supported by SAHA as part of “Grant for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives 2017–2018”
February 16 – March 11, 2018