Plato Art Space’s exhibition :Realism Now! (Duru, Gülfidan, Koç, Yılmaz)
presents and reviews various formal and conceptual approaches to realism in the field of contemporary painting in Turkey. Onur Gülfidan (Istanbul), Seydi Murat Koç (Istanbul), Mehmet Yılmaz (Ankara), and Ahmet Duru (Izmir) gdiscuss how the style of realistic painting is able to reflect, analyse and criticize the world we live in.
Onur Gülfidan combines the languages of illustration and graphic novels with realistic figurative painting for creating surreal, yet absurd versions of reality. Seydi Murat Koç brings architectural and industrial monuments in strange interactions on his large canvases, where a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, caused by the graphic character of his objects and the monochrome, often geometrical shapes including background, is predominant. Mehmet Yılmaz discusses in his works the differences and similarities of the reality of photographic and photo-realistic images. He creates diptychs, in which one part consists of a large photo print, whereas the other part is then a photo-realistically painted version of the photo. Ahmet Duru participates in this exhibition with two series that present micro and macro images of our world. Artists of Realism Now! (Duru, Gülfidan, Koç, Yılmaz)
are not simply copying or reflecting reality, but deconstruct it in order to go beyond our known. Gülfidan, Koç, Yılmaz and Duru create works that question the given state of realistic painting as well as the images resulting from the mediated visual culture we deal with every day.