October 1, 2015, Istanbul – Gama Gallery is pleased to present the latest exhibition from its best-selling artist, Hakan Poyraz, entitled: And Then You Disappeared. Open from October 16th to November 18th, this show is running as an extension of Gama Gallery’s presentation in conjunction with the 14th Istanbul Biennial and Contemporary Istanbul art fair.
Gama Gallery curator, Martin Maryška explains:
“In his artworks for And Then You Disappeared, Poyraz portrays a fragmented, and almost fetishized, image of his female subject as an icon, and in doing so he aims to investigate the fragile line separating the adoration and the abuse of the female body, by differentiating the subject from the object. Whilst standing up as a father-like figure when covering female nudity, he is conscious of the risk of objectification of his precious subject. Consequently Poyraz prefers to call his muse an ‘intimate friend’, which is symptomatic of his struggle to avoid chauvinist objectification. In his work he reflects on his very private, almost paraphilic imagery of this ‘intimate friend’.”
Hakan Poyraz was born in 1986 in Ulm, Germany, where he later attended the BEVA Atelier-Kunstschule. In 2011 he completed Media Design vocational education at German newspaper Südwest Presse. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Bavaria, and participated in the Erasmus program at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.
During his time at BEVA Poyraz acquainted himself with multiple art techniques and he has now created his own style integrating graffiti, stencil art, graphic design, photography, and dripping techniques. Poyraz uses Plexiglas instead of traditional canvases as he feels it gives an added brilliance to the spray painted colors in his works.