Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli
Oculus (SIGNED)

Photographs: Yusuf Sevinçli

Publisher: Yayinlayan

18 pages

Year: 2017

Comments: Leporello hardcover, 290 x 195 mm. First edition, 2018. Black and white photographs. Design by Kitap Tasamari. Copy signed by the photographer.

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"Taking its title from an old Roman architectural term for a small circular or oval window or the round openings found at the center of domes. Often an oculus allows a concentrated beam of light into an otherwise dark interior and so is threshold between a world of light and one of shadow.
In Sevinçli’s images we are in a shadow-world in which light, meaning and beauty pass fleetingly, out of reach and into memory. There is a beautiful, poetic intelligence in Sevinçli’s photographs. They are, we are told images of actual things and places. The artist’s sensibility, however, articulated through the elegant contingencies of the analogue photographic process; the framing of the shot, the manipulation of the negative, the quality of the printing, renders reality dreamlike.
The images are a dream-state, rich with ambiguity and metaphor; A flower, silhouetted, becomes epic and architectural. A white circle painted on a dark ground, the casual record of an act of art making takes on occult significance. A woman pulls skin tight like cloth, another’s eyes sparkle with light. Stream rises, spectral like from the street. A man in movement, arms outstretched, his head hidden from us, is perhaps dancing or falling. Stairs ascend into luminosity and fiction.

The images are a dream-state, rich with ambiguity and metaphor; A flower, silhouetted, becomes epic and architectural. A white circle painted on a dark ground, the casual record of an act of art making takes on occult significance. A woman pulls skin tight like cloth, another’s eyes sparkle with light. Stream rises, spectral like from the street. A man in movement, arms outstretched, his head hidden from us, is perhaps dancing or falling. Stairs ascend into luminosity and fiction."


Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

Yusuf Sevinçli,Oculus (SIGNED)

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