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Gülay Alpay will participate in the New York Pool Art Fair on March 4–6, 2011.

This year Gülay Alpay will par­tic­i­pate in the New York Pool Art Fair on March 4–6, 2011. Pool is an exhil­a­rat­ing and hot art fair whose main pur­pose is to cre­ate a meet­ing ground for out­stand­ing unrep­re­sented artists and the large pub­lic of con­tem­po­rary art pro­fes­sion­als. The fair serves as an invalu­able resource for the artis­tic com­mu­nity and the gen­eral pub­lic. On view will be Gülay Alpay’s sig­na­ture envi­ron­men­tal instal­la­tions that are inter­ac­tive, par­tic­i­pa­tory, and provoca­tive. Gülay’s work cre­ates a plat­form where view­ers are not merely pas­sive spec­ta­tors, but rather they are engaged par­tic­i­pants inter­act­ing with a given space and con­text, infus­ing the event with the vital­ity of human com­mu­ni­ca­tion. With spon­tane­ity and wit, Alpay evokes a range of the­o­ret­i­cal posi­tions from body issues to psychoanalysis.

Alpay’s work fur­thers a legacy of per­fo­ma­tive work ref­er­enc­ing such artists as Valie Export and Marina Abramovic. She updates this work by infus­ing it with con­tem­po­rary post-modern the­ory. She effec­tively high­lights what Nico­las Bor­ri­ard calls “the con­tem­po­rary artis­tic prac­tice, a place that resides in the inven­tion of rela­tions between con­scious­ness.” Alpay seeks an inter­ven­tion that cre­ates com­mu­nity clos­ing the gap between viewer and artist. A moral and spir­i­tual endeavor, Alpay becomes part of the audi­ence shar­ing in equal author­ship of the art event.

For Alpay, each artis­tic act is a cre­ative and trans­for­ma­tive rit­u­al­is­tic expe­ri­ence. For every ges­ture that she takes – from apply­ing paint to silk, to paint­ing her own body – are spir­i­tual acts of rebirth, expres­sions of love for human­ity. Chal­leng­ing the bound­aries of the art world, she stretches her own imag­i­na­tion and ours, to envi­sion another kind of world where peo­ple inter­act freely and openly in love and companionship.

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February’s “Global Art Projects” exhibition reception

A spe­cial thanks to LITM, a Bar/Restaurant/Art + Video Gallery in Jer­sey City, for spon­sor­ing our event!

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