Baris Cihanoglu

Cep Gallery
Sep 3, 2018 8:55AM


What is sorrow? Or melancholy? Is it a secretion that makes people calm and contemplative? Is it too much secretion of enzymes by the black bile? Or is it the longing for the homeland, that relapses as the distances increase? The Black Sensation...


The absent-minded angel in Dürer’s famous Melencolia gravure. Has no energy to move its wings. Everything is frozen, time is hung between the objects signifying modernism. The silky smooth civilization process had encountered a “sudden” interruption. The angel looks absent-minded; appears that everything is left behind. As if Dürer foresaw that melancholy could transform to our modern prosthesis, resistance sense. Unknown effect of Saturn. Melancholy has been an interface that keeps our link with the past alive. In a fast world where everything changes rapidly, it is like a slowing breathing moment. Life is standing before us with all its fullness and contradictions. Memories, accumulated time, experiences. Enwrapping, hurting sorrow and melancholy are together. A humane breathing moment, slowing and filling up with time. Barış Cihanoğlu’s paintings have always aroused such feelings in me.

In his paintings, Barış continues “shifts” and exceptional “pull-outs” that we’re witnessing recently in his recently produced works. The figures being pulled out to a direction just from their heads, signifies the internal changes of the being with the passing time. When defining the deformations in his paintings, the artist with his own words say; “In the base notion of deformations added to my paintings recently that I especially apply in portraits, there is the deformation and “pull-outs” symbolizing the change in us and the flow to another direction. Heraclitus said “everything flows, nothing is permanent, therefore it is impossible to swim in the same river twice; because when I enter the river once more both me and the river change”. In my paintings, the figures are not the same people anymore, through the mental change they had in time and they are now being “pulled out” to another person from their previous identity and location. I especially express this pulling out with the shifts in portraits, because it is a matter of pulling out and change lived in our minds.


Baris Cihanoglu
Everything writer | oil on canvas | 65x55cm | 2017, 2017
Cep Gallery

The artist is known for figurative paintings. But in his last exhibition he seems to have changed it radically because in his new exhibition named “ASH”, he’s facing the audience with materials other than the canvas itself for the first time.

In his new exhibition for which he has established the infrastructure, we’re seeing Cihanoğlu canvas paintings and carved wooden sculptures and paintings on wood. In his latest performances that he created with an extraordinarily special technique, he’s making pictures on wood’s burnt and carbonized structure. Dark areas in the paintings are formed of natural smoky black caused with carbonization of burnt woo and the other colorful parts are formed with oil painting technique. His works produced through six different phases have been completed after a year of labor. In the artist’s new exhibition, there are a few canvas paintings, twenty five wooden paintings varying in size from twenty five centimeters to two meters, and two wooden carved sculptures.

Friedrich Nietzsche says ; ‘’You have to be ready to burn in your own flames, how can you renew yourself before turning into ash’’. Rebirth like the Phoenix. With the colorful oil paintings he performs on burnt wood, partially turned to ash as a result of burning, he refers to the process of re-existence from the ashes, and the ashes remaining from burnt wood is, the gray manure of rebirth...


Baris Cihanoglu
Black chair | oil on burnt wood | 152x84x2cm | 2014, 2014
Cep Gallery

“In between” and “unbroken” faces

Extended. Unbroken. Exactly a "common area", with passion, pressure, pensive figures and faces.

Baris Cihanoglu's brushes, naphtha colors and his palette between the twilight and the shine are always common, and he’s painting humanbeings who are standing "in the middle". Common but also "border" situations. It's a  common responsibility to know that you can not go neither here nor there... Within hope and stiffness and pressure.

The paintings of Baris Cihanoglu are standing at an unbroken purgatory. Neither it nor that, with the touch of a longing for all. In the meantime, they are standing in an unabated moment. The world of sticky separates. Worry and hope, but these are the pictures of the most prolonged time.


Baris Cihanoglu
Home | oil on paper | 165x135cm | 2018, 2018
Cep Gallery
Cep Gallery