Aslı Vural


Disruption 1,Acrylic on canvas,  130*160 cm,  2012, İstanbul. Copyright of the artist.

Aslı Vural’s works depict the modern life as it is reflected in the chaos of the city. Streets, avenues, highways, houses, apartment buildings, residences, office buildings, malls, cars, traffic, underground… The city from all angles and the person imprisoned in the city and life around it.

The dichotomy between panic attacks and commercial billboards, antidepressants and dieticians, solariums and gyms, yoga and organic food is telling of the vanishing of the individual. The repression of the people by the uproar of the city and the chaos pulling the individual in and then consuming him/her.

Vural’s latest series called “Disruption”, takes the duality of the individual and the metropolis as a starting point. Skyscrapers are like beehives in all the cities and towers of construction cranes are the mark of a new lifestyle fed to the individual.

This process claiming to be the architect of our lives, consumes the nature while “nature-friendly green buildings” are erected at full speed. The ecology being deliberately destroyed, forests being devoured by the sprawling cities symbolizing the destruction and the new order of things. At its core, this is segmentation, fragmentation and decomposition, and them individual craves to acquire a place in this new paradigm. Now that all the rules are broken the disruption will bring a new lifestyle.

The artist removes architectural imprinting and impressions to a real level. Surfaces that look like parts of a whole, which extend to infinity traces their marks on the canvas with paint. The chaos, darkness and void leftover from the destruction of nature stack over each other as transparent layers. In the artist’s mind, the cities represent happiness, anger, ecstasy, panic, horror and chaos, though concurrently the metropolis is dynamic, excited, free and creative. All these concepts are reflected in Vural’s works as silhouettes of the city she lives in.

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