Utku Varlık ILLUSION
The Bozlu Art Project Mongeri Building will host Utku Varlık’s exhibition “Illusion” from March 3 rd to April 8th, 2020. Allowing his illusions to take charge, Varlık opens a window in his paintings to those who believe “True reality is only in dreams” as in Baudelaire. This exhibition by Varlık, who says “The window I slip through at night opens out to infinity, facing the North Star, with a view of a playground in the day, where children play…” is in fact a poem to escape a world “devoid of dreams”.
Utku Varlık’s exhibit titled “Illusion” is a nod to writers and poets who have left a mark on him. He starts out with a quote by Rilke: “And what a melancholy beauty came to women when they were pregnant, and stood, their slender hands involuntarily resting on their big bodies which bore two fruits: a child and a death. And that tight, almost nourishing smile that took over their faces, didn’t it sometimes come from sensing that both were growing?”
Saying “Illusion is a phenomenon that defines my painting; a narrator of all ‘spiritual’ journeys I’ve undertook in my life – like the many meanings of the mystery of humanity,” Varlık invites
his audience into his “garden of illusions” nourished by various fields ranging from poetry to prose to cinema.
Visitors of the exhibition to take place between March 3rd and April 8th, 2020 shall also be able to view the exhibition video incorporating certain images from the short film Utku Varlık made in collaboration with Necati Ayden in 1964 based on Rilke’s “The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge”.