a taste of parsley
Yuz Museum, Shanghai
Yuz Museum is pleased to present Melike Kara’s first solo exhibition in China, “A Taste of Parsley,” from July 7th to September 9th, 2018 at Yuz Project Space of Art. Known for her enigmatic portraits, the Cologne- based artist will continue her study of identity with a new series of artworks including works on canvas, glass paintings, and sculptures.
Kara’s overarching interests in 20th century German figurative traditions and social hierarchies dominate her artistic vision. Her artworks question the domestic and the foreign; belonging and exclusion. In her works, ambiguous and tightly entwined figures are depicted in a restricted color palette and rendered in confident strokes, enticing the attention of viewers with their compelling compositions.
An experimenter with a variety of mediums and techniques, for the exhibition at Yuz Museum, Kara will build an exotic temple-like refuge through the oriental-style tromp l’oeils painted on glass. The transparent material allows the audience to see the exhibition through different angles, shrouding and revealing the figures in the works. The orchids on the glass works fall on the paintings and the sculptures, whispering through the sounds of toasts and rumors, blurring the boundaries between the world of dreams and daily life.
Devoid of personal attire, the figures in Kara’s works seem interchangeable. They struggle in a fight for their own visibility within the collective body. From within the works in this exhibition, questions of composition and identity emerge: When do single figures stand by themselves? When do they become tiny stones in the mosaic of the masses? And who stands out amongst hundreds of grey faces?