Artist Gulfem Kessler's Exhibition

SEA CLIFF, NEW YORK, June 16, 2005 - Acclaimed Turkish artist GĂĽlfem Kessler will offer New York a taste of her evocative and emotive style of drawing when “Banks of Time” is unveiled at Gallery@ 82 (82 Rosalyn Avenue, Sea Cliffs, New York) on June 30th.  The majority of the show, which will run through July 30th, will focus on Kessler’s celebrated capture of the dark side of the human spirit with simple strokes and the most basic of forms. Kessler’s simplistic and unstylized approach to the canvas creates a humor and honesty throughout the collection, keeping the works graceful and sincere despite breaching the pain of the human condition. 

Of her last New York show, NY ARTS Magazine proclaimed, “Kessler’s work epitomized the sense of intimacy in art and the desire for concrete experience that is so often missing in West Chelsea . There was no feeling of pretense as I walked into Ms. Kessler’s exhibition, it was about the process of how art signifies meaning, and nothing else.” The magazine continued, noting the intrigue and delight of the works is that “they reveal the paradox of a painful and playful indulgence.”

The emotions often evoked by Gülfem Kessler’s works are departure, loss, emptiness, resignation and frailty. With simple strokes and lean economic rendering, she conveys dark and complex feelings void of irony, condescension, or sentimentality. Yet, within the pathos of these works is an affection for humanity, as well as a sense of humor that gives them a profound quality of generosity and love. To use the dark side to confirm beauty, light and the desire to connect to a place and each other is the richly painted goal of this work.

When asked to describe her work, Kessler says “Painting is my medium to organize my thoughts and create a language to make myself heard and share my experience though my imagery and symbols. I have a sense of satisfaction in provoking the dark side of the viewer since I believe all we humans go through in life is more or less the same.” Kessler goes on to declare, “I am in love with human strength and yet at the same time with human fragility. The most creative side of my work derives from suffering – suffering can yield such a tasteful meaning, understanding and compassion towards one another!” while the drawings exhibit a raw expression of humanity complemented by an unaffected technique, Kessler is no stranger to formal training and traditional method. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands , with an emphasis in painting and graphics, in addition to a fine arts degree from the Mimar Sinan University , she has devoted much of her life to the pursuit of art and the visual medium. After graduation, Kessler returned to her native Istanbul , Turkey to explore the emotions present in the community and apply her new training to capture the essence of the relationships she observed. Living in the United States since 2000, her works have shown in Europe, Manhattan and now debut on Long Island .

Gülfem Kessler’s “Banks of Time” exhibition will be at Gallery@ 82, 82 Rosalyn Avenue , Sea Cliff, New York , from June 30th – July 30th. The opening reception for the Kessler show will take place from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the gallery’s main studio, with a shuttle service, specially priced at $1, running every 20 minutes between the hours of 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. transporting visitors between the Sea Cliff Train Station and Gallery@ 82. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., or by appointment. For more information about Gallery@ 82 contact Megan Sirianni at 516-815-7361.

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