31.10 - 07.12.2019
Evren Sungur’s ,ifth solo show God Complex can be seen at Art On Istanbul from October 31st to December 7th, 2019. With this series that has been two years in the making, the artist focuses on the social order that develops around polytheistic beliefs and feeds on this rich mythology to observe the modern-day human.
For the God Complex exhibition, Evren Sungur focuses on the archaic god statues commissioned by the government and imagines the deified individuals of today by referencing said-statues. According to Sungur, while in the past, the ruling class established the order by embracing a power greater than themselves, today, this practice corresponds to the deification of leaders and then of individuals. Sungur approaches the topic of “exaggerated individuality”, which he points out as the main issue of the exhibition, with divine and imposing figures that are in the centre of the paintings.
Inspired by the gods created by the Anatolian civilizations, the artist sets out from the blunt forms of god designs that are created through a combination of sacred animals and are developed with the material and technical constraints of the period. Ultimately, the gods that are symbolized in the paintings, convey a tragedy behind their majestic appearance: they are deprived of the appropriate equipment necessary for their function, such as the sky god who cannot fly due to its short wings.
The landscape, which set the ground in the painting of Evren Sungur, remains prominently in the background, while the crowded figures and intense composition elements give way to big patches of colour, singular figures and empty spaces with this exhibition.