Don't be deceived!
09 February - 18 March 2017
The solo exhibition entitled “Don’t Be Deceived!” of Hüseyin Arıcı, who has joined x-ist in the new season, meets the audience with 3 different series that it features. The selection including the ‘One’ Series, the ‘Ready-made Object’ Series and the ‘Spineless’ Series provides the opportunity to observe how through different materials the artist transforms the relationship that he establishes with reality and illusion into a trickery beyond imitation. The artist, who always produces on his own the ready-made objects necessary for his installations, creates a perfect perception of reality in his exhibition “Don’t Be Deceived!” through his use of oil paint on canvas and modelling clay. “At the table that I sat for the sketches of the paintings that I will make, I dreamt of a world made out of canvas and oil paint. And when I woke up, I was not painting anymore. Right after I got up, I bought massive wood cut by machines. Various wood; with smooth edges, thin, long, round. Then I used them in my installations by cutting them size by size. Then I made furniture, notebooks and stretcher frames out of this wood.
After a while, spineless creatures, constantly reproducing, invaded everywhere, as if there was no end to it… They ate up all the wood and furniture. I picked up and dried all of them. After varnishing, they willingly took their place on canvases and surfaces as if they were living… They suited very well everywhere I placed them as if this place belonged to these creatures, as if the world was created for them. After a while, I realized that I was sleeping and none of these happened in reality. I woke up. Everything had become painting; oil paint had pervaded them… I had even made my stretcher frames out of canvas and oil paint. The spineless had not eaten my works that I had made out of canvas since they were also oil paintings. The world didn’t belong to the spineless either. In fact, I couldn’t associate it with anything… Then I was possessed by suspicion; what if this was also a dream and paintings transformed into industrial products were used as furniture and the world was in the hands of the spineless?” -Hüseyin Arıcı