Sait Mingu has a unique place in the Turkish contemporary art scene. By combining handmade drawings and paintings with possibilities offered by technology, the artist blends illustrative elements with conventional painting and works on paper, thus creating an effective language of his own through his use of traditional techniques and new media. Intertwining expressionist elements –which have become more prominent in his most recent works– and quasi-fictional narrative images, Mingu creates works which establish an intense perceptional connection with their audience. Ranging from optimistic to bleak, these works are impressive visual designs with their use of colors and their dynamic linear compositions, and they radiate a graceful and poetic sensibility.
The works in “Living Creatures” are based on the relational dynamics man establishes with his social, natural and physical surroundings. In addition to being autonomous, man becomes a significant part of the whole by means of both his intellectual and corporal qualities. And his becoming of a subject depends on the conflictual relationship he establishes with the whole. Focusing on this “situation”, Sait Mingu picks “moments” of separation and union that individuals experience in their inner worlds, and he conveys the resulting emotional state with his images. This severe spirituality, which increasingly makes its presence felt to the individuals of the modern age, can be followed back as far as Edward Munch's “Scream”.
“Living Creatures” can be seen at ALAN Istanbul between the dates 12 May 2016 – 11 June 2016.