The Phatory is pleased to announce UNZIPPED an exhibition of works by Suzan Batu from November 10, 2012 to January 12, 2013 with and artist reception to be held November 9, 7-9:00 p.m.
In this exhibit Batu presents a selection of new paintings and drawings that transform the arabesque from lyrical forms into densely layered traces with vibrant, juxtaposing colors that suggest physical movement. The artist continues to reflect on her Ottoman Turkish roots but now she renders sprays of color into compositions that allude to either still life or patterned plumes of feathers that suggest floral cockscombs. Here Batu moves the viewer into the growth of the calligraphic line and its expressive build-up. These pieces present lyrical gestures that function as the basis for the twists and torsions necessary to the movement of progress and proliferation that echo the fusion of the sacred with the commercial, a symbol of the balancing act that Turkey faces today.
Batu received her M.F.A. at Brooklyn College and her B.F.A. at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and later spent several years living in New York City, before returning to live and work in Istanbul as a contemporary artist. Her unique interpretations upon a legendary form of writing remind us that art and commerce once again thrive throughout the Middle East.