BLOOD SPOILS THE DREAM
BLOOD SPOILS THE DREAM
Ali Elmacı’s fifth solo show “Blood Spoils the Dream” that will take place at Art On Istanbul, can be seen from March 9th to April 20th, 2019 as a large installation which unifies the three floored space of the gallery.
The exhibition takes its name from a commonly used saying, “blood spoils the dream” within vernacular language. Ali Elmacı questions the sacred of our time with a wholesome presentation that he displays for the first time through a combination of reliefs, sculpture and paintings alongside an installation of colour and roses on the walls. In his compositions the artist presents power dynamics, symbols of authority, and a time where fame is mystified through the codes of these figures in the system and the conditions they’re exposed to, with an extreme contradiction.
The exhibition that is comprised of three series, “My Lord Recreate Me”, “I’m Living with My Wounds” and “Blood Spoils the Dream” that gives its name to the exhibition presents figures that a more dynamic and active poses in comparison to his previous series. “My Lord Recreate Me” series shows the contradiction between reality and perception through glorified idols such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Freddie Mercury.
The roses that are spread on the surface of the painting, kitsch elements that are seen on the clothes and complementing combinations of the work are irreplaceable factors of virtual happiness scenes that are unaware of the shape they’re moulded into under the system. In the series “I’m Living with My Wounds” the artists uses depictions of Jesus from Christian iconographies. The figures in these works have multiple holes on their bodies and a satisfied facial expression on their faces; however, they draw attention to the duplicate nature of authorities and how they are always both the victim and the assailant.
The artist’s series “Blood Spoils the Dream” composes dream-like environments through epic depictions that are seen in his works that resemble wall trophies made of women’s busts. These reliefs that resemble objects of pleasure with their shiny monochrome colours along with landscapes on the background display the characteristic style of the artist. The sculptural installation located in the middle of the gallery consists of a decorative pool with a crying male figure’s bust that has a female figure standing on his shoulders. This work questions the dilemma of pain and enjoying that feeling of pain by hinting to the memorial culture of Christian altars.
Ali Elmacı, who is one of the leading artists of his generation, displays his criticism of authority with “Blood Spoils the Dream” through a colourful and crowded installation that transforms the figures and symbols of his painting with a dramatic irony.