Artist: Gülbin Ünlü
Sal, we gotta go and never stop going until we get there.
– Where we going, man?
I don’t know but we gotta go.
(Jack Kerouac, On the road)
Multimedia artist Gülbin Ünlü works with everything from painting, photography and video to performance, music and literature. For her, it is the idea itself that determines the form in which it is realized. If one technique is not enough to implement an idea, it will be used in combination with other techniques. Thus the artist finds her own visual language in each work, which she opens to the viewer through various forms of expression.
Gülbin Ünlü repeatedly challenges herself in her art: as a right-handed artist she paints with her left hand, she puts texts for her books through a text generator, and her music becomes a performance. Her work is always a matter of staying in the process, and to avoid falling into any kind of routine. Chance and spontaneity bring energy into her art; they release the subconscious and lead ever onward to new visual ideas.
Gülbin Ünlü deals with humans’ ambivalent relationships to animals and nature. The artist questions animals’ contradictory roles of farm animal, food, status symbol and beloved pet. Seemingly with ease, she succeeds in addressing this complex theme in a subtle visual language. Without passing judgement, the piece leaves the viewer a space in which they can explore their own relationships to nature and animals.