Stars of the Crash exhibition, which unveiled the NFT works of the Feride Ikiz collection through the 15th version of the Modern Istanbul art truthful in June 2021, and incredibly lively on the Istanbul scene, the duo ha:ar operate a disturbing fusion between the actual and the digital. Work of the third sort, their penultimate opus, Electric mannerism, introduced final yr in London,1 Milan and Venice, proceeds from a digital transmutation, operated by the multimedia artist Arda Yalkın, of the bronze sculptures of his accomplice and associate, Hande Şekerciler. A digital transposition and animation, by way of 3D modeling and digital video, all the more disturbing as Hande Şekerciler’s neo-mannerist sculptures are of a really polished and “educational” workmanship.
Nudes with good anatomies deployed in tender, lascivious or convulsive poses, very choreographic, implementing, on function, all the plasticity of the human physique. Good anatomies which we discover are often duplicated… Dreamlike duplications or mutant bodies? Would these figures with a too-perfect plasticity and a wierd duplicity anticipate the metamorphoses of a future post-humanity? &
Devoted to the random mutations of generative art (through which the pictures, in response to an algorithmic system, generate themselves) of their digital transposition, they seem nicely as such: multiplied in deluges of our bodies, agglutinated in clusters in the method of the medieval or baroque representations of the autumn of the damned on the time of the Last Judgment, these ghostly figures look like the dwelling lifeless, outfitted with grafts of skeleton, and spinning in evolving mists. &
Produced by computer-generated imagery and introduced in mild packing containers, these virtual paintings have been dubbed Unimaginable Sculptures by the artists: “though they're three-dimensional […], the volumetric buildings of these works based mostly on generative models could not be produced within the bodily world.”
“Because of advances in know-how, the bounds of what's actual are always being pushed back,” explains ha:ar, whose different collection, titled Lucid (in reference to the notion of “lucid dream”), also pushes again the doors of utopian universes. In a type of fluctuating post-modern imagery, we see a toddler’s face floating in murky waters (that would evoke amniotic fluid or the abyss) liquefying into shimmering marbles – harking back to the shifting Cryptomarbles of one other Turkish NFT artist, Ecem Dilan Köse, proven lately in the exhibition Now in Digital Art: Various Realities + NFT on the Akbank Sanat foundation in Istanbul.&
For this Lucid collection, Arda Yalkin explains that he was impressed by the luminous magic of Rembrandt’s portraits and people of his contemporaries, resulting from using a single supply of synthetic mild, by manipulating this lighting “with generative liquid simulations.” An astonishing syncretism between the heritage of the previous masters and the impermanence of the digital universe based mostly on the indeterminacy of types in perpetual metamorphosis.
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