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"Elif Uras: The Ladder"
2002-05-09 until 2002-05-25
Moon and Stars Project, Caelum Gallery
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Elif Uras makes paintings of emotional and intellectual
ambiguity using iconic and slightly clichéd imagery. They
juxtapose the romantic notion of the sublime with either
flimsily utopian or stiflingly hierarchical structures. The
spaces depicted have a panoramic quality, like a
world-unto-itself. At the same time, they sustain a tension
between two-dimensionality of the surface and the illusion of
The hallucinatory and saturated colors and the
smooth surface suggest a seductiveness and invitation for
entry, yet the opaqueness and the precarious balance
between surface and depth create a distancing effect. The
paintings call attention to their illusory quality by subverting
prefigured methods of language and representation. Hokey,
whimsical imagery can act as a critique of the conscious
enjoyment of the unmistakably fake or underline the need
for escape to maintain a stable notion of reality.
(Describe the nature of reality and
do not be seduced into creating
escapist dream worlds), 2001
Enamel on wood panel,
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