By Verisart and Mustafa Hulusi
The practice of Mustafa Hulusi (b.1971) orbits around mining his hybrid identity – he was born in London to Turkish-Cypriot parents – to create evocative paintings, installations, films, and photographs. Hulusi received his BA in Fine Art and Critical Studies from Goldsmiths College, London and his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. He also holds an MA in Critical Theory from Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London. Hulusi represented Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and has exhibited widely across Europe as well as in Asia. His work is included in the collections of the Tate Modern, the Pinault Collection, the Olbricht Collection, the Saatchi Collection among many others.
By combining different epochal art historical references with diverse geographic styles Hulusi investigates how different visual ‘languages’ shape our perception. His work often scrutinizes the traditional conflation of abstraction and representation and questions how this combination of codes affects viewer perception.
The visually morphing NFT animation titled Ethnic Minority probes the notion of division and is presented here in a binary split screen of hyper-saturated figuration on one side and geometric trance-like abstraction on the other.
The figuration element sources a suite of paintings titled Oleanders (2016) – a prevalent yet poisonous Mediterranean flower that is rendered in vivid pinks, bursting in full bloom against a brilliant blue sky. The flowers represent the dichotomy of our present condition, simultaneously embodying our mortal drive toward both pleasure and destruction.
These striking paintings transform a commonly found shrub onto a sublime emblem of baroque excess that overwhelms the basic understanding of what we consider normal and natural
They are juxtaposed with trippy colored, kinetic op-art geometric abstract forms that are a continuation of his earlier painting series titled Expander (2006-present).
Operating upon the principle of sacred geometry, these images are influenced by psychedelic philosopher Terrence McKenna, a thinker famous for propagating the necessity of a mystic relationship with the world as means of obtaining the creative potential within us all.
Ethnic Minority also aims to touch upon French philosopher Georges Bataille’s…
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