Kubilay Mert Ural


20/01/18 - 17/02/18

Opening: Sat 20/01 17-19h

A question for outer space: Is there any humor out there?
Space responds coldly, finitely.
Returning to earth, a perfect shape follows me, steely and cold.

Kubilay Mert Ural, who is currently in the second year of his Rijksakademie Recedency, has a way of capturing otherworldly ımages. His videos, installations and paintings function like passages, inviting the viewer to traverse his/our primordial thoughts. The global reality as we know it today is one of confusion and chaos, indistinguishable from a bad dream. Post-colonial tensions and the endless abuse of power, these impressions are mixed with moments of absurdity. In these visual narratives, time and space collapse, past and future unfold on a single plane. Hovering questions about the eternal desire for mystery, belief systems, and possible answers for humanity. Ural is captivated by such fascinations, as well as consoled by these hypnagogic visions.

And the chaos follows… human after human after human after human
Donkey after horse-baby after horse-monkey after donkey

20/01 - 17/02/18
Opening: 20/01 17-19h
Curated by: Jeroen de Smalen

Photo: Kubilay Mert Ural, Untitled, 2017, Acrylic and pastel on raw canvas, 150 x 200 cm
© Kubilay Mert Ural