Redacted

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Redacted, 2013
Oil on printed paper
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych
(in private collection)

“Redacted. Instead of using traditional canvas, Guleryuz adopted blown-up images of pages out of an English Dictionary as foundation. Dictionaries – like encyclopaedias – are strange things: in a systematic, alphabetical fashion they offer us access to the meaning of things and by doing so linguistically organise the world around us. They are based on a supposedly straightforward relation between language and the objects it denotes and represent a common consensus on how we (should) know the world. As such, dictionaries are an ideological construction that not only describe the world but also prescribe how we linguistically should engage with it.

However, instead of showing us ‘the meaning of things’, the pages in Guleryuz Dictionary are inhabited by beautiful figure drawings, strange imaginary creatures, scribbles or colourful patterns. By redacting the words on the pages Guleryuz adds another layer, diffusing the prescribed ‘constructed reality’. It is not for nothing that the artist selected the pages listing all the words starting with the prefix ‘un-‘, as in undo, unlearn, untangle etcetera. By adding her own perspective on things, Guleryuz seems to imply the need for another space vis-à-vis the conventionally accepted systems, where there is room for her own, poetic reading of things. Not only Redacted but also in the other works in the exhibition, Guleryuz creates this space either by pealing away the layers, or by adding new ones that obfuscate the supposed clarity and claim to truth of the original.”

— Christel Vesters, Critic & Curator

 

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Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych
(in private collection)

2

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych

3

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych

4

Oil on printed paper, 2013
226cm x 150cm

5

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych

6

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm each of the diptych

7

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm

8

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm

9

Oil on printed paper, 2013
113cm x 150cm

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