La MaMa La Galleria is located at 6 East 1st Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 7:30pm. More at: lamama.org/lagalleria
November 21 – December 6, 2013
Opening Reception Nov 22nd, 6 pm – 8 pm
Turkish Artist and Academic Researcher Dr. Selcuk Gurisik and his assistant Ali Alev present the latest stage of their experimentation with wearable-art rooted in the ancient Anatolian Felted Textiles. Departing from Gurisik’s previous works, the predominantly ivory pieces on view present little or no signs of embellishments. Following a minimalist approach, the artist explores the theme of timelessness sophistication through his use of natural forms and interpretation of symbolism present in Anatolian craft of felt-making. This quest also serves as a reflection on his past experiences of performing arts practices with the local community in Assos, Turkey and at times evokes these memories within the present work.
The exhibition will also commemorate the memory of Ellen Stewart, the founder and director of the avant-garde theater company La MaMa, and Huseyin Katircioglu, a Turkish Performance artist and founder of Assos Performance Arts Festival. Both had a profound influence over Gurisik’s work and the exhibition simultaneously serves as an homage to the indispensible body of theaterical work that came out of their collaboration together in international theater festivals in Italy, Turkey and the US.
About Dr. Selçuk Gürışık
Born in Istanbul in 1954, Gurisik earned his B.A at the Architecture Dept of Istanbul Technical University and moved to UK to earn his MA at Manchester Metropolitan University of Fashion Department in 1982. He then received his PhD from London’s Central Martins College of Art and Design, Textile and Fashion Dept where his focus became the contemporary state of Anatolian felt making. His works have been exhibited in London and Istanbul and are a part of the permanent collection at British Museum in London as well as Topkapi Palace’s Anthropology Department in Istanbul.
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