In Brief

Turkish artist creates 3D pieces that explore the new potential in mundane items.

Mehmet Ali Uysal’s 3D installations make a person stop and look twice. The Turkish artist takes commonplace artifacts such as clothespins and frames, and places them in new contexts to create works of whimsy and wonder.

Perhaps best known for his giant clothespin pinching the earth of Chaudfontaine Park in the outskirts of Liege, Belgium, Uysal’s work transforms the space around it. He often uses walls – normally a boundary in the gallery world – and manipulates them to change the space. Doing everything from augmenting drywall so it wraps around as if it were toilet paper, to creating a wall that peels away from the gallery to reveal brick beneath, Uysal’s work redefines what viewers assume traditional gallery art could be. Says Uysal:

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