in our lifetime we all come to crossroads where we have to decide how to
continue, be it in a physical or intellectual way. Things, events are thrown in
our way, obstacles that force us to rethink our life, our thinking, question
life in general, our life and the meaning of it. There are many questions and
…somehow only a few answers.
Özinal, a highly sensitive artist and theatre stage designer I have known for
many years and had interviewed some years ago, had come to this crossroad about
two years ago when he started an active thinking process about life, about the
body, its form, deformations, sickness, ageing process or otherness, away from
the norm of society. He took the approach literally and created 3600 drawings,
monochrome and colour sketches of the body within two years. It is a process
most of us go through but we would hardly go as far as make it visible. Hüseyin
Özinal talks about this process and you should read it because it concerns us
hundreds of these sketches are on display in the ArtRooms, very delicately presented
row by row along the walls by the curator and artist Oya Silbery and her team -
I cannot say it often enough how well done all ArtRooms exhibitions are. Other sketches are laid out in sketch books
Hüseyin Özinal has filled over the years.
done in ink, pencil, heavy brushstrokes, images of naked bodies in its
ugliness, fat and old, with hanging skin, bodies with scars, transgender
bodies, a traumatic experience to do it
3600 times, the illness of his mother, the ageing process of a beloved person,
the realization that we all end up there, is the probable explanation. However
the brushstrokes and pen lines get more and more abstract until they are
nothing but ….signs, the letters of an alphabet of an unknown language, body
beautiful catalogue carries a note inside the cover page ‘Dedicated to my
mother, LGBTI and ‘the others’. There is
a text included by Gürgenç Korkmazel, poet and friend, which examines the work
from different angles and I think, it is well done and gets close to what
Hüseyin has tried to say. See attached pages.
had thoughts of my own for reasons of my own.
The body is a vessel, it can be beautiful if taken care of for a long
time, but it will wither like leaves in autumn when everything is said and
done. The contents will remain if we have filled the vessel with things that
the generations after us regard worthy of keeping. The conclusion would then be
to put all heed on the contents and not worry about the vessel.
exhibition can be visited until 09 December from 14:00 to closing hours of the restaurant