Nuri Kuzucan, Surfaces, 2016; Acrylic on canvas, 180x175cm

Nuri Kuzucan, Surfaces, 2016; Acrylic on canvas, 180x175cm

Edouard Malingue Gallery is pleased to present ‘The Blissful Defect’, the second solo exhibition in Hong Kong of celebrated Turkish contemporary artist Nuri Kuzucan (b. 1971, Turkey). The show builds on work from Kuzucan’s first exhibition at the gallery, continuing to focus on the appearance of the modern city and its national anonymity. In addition to a series of eleven paintings, ‘The Blissful Defect’ features Kuzucan’s transformation of one of the gallery walls, creating an extension of the works’ tonal properties across the exhibition space. The collection of works aggregately, as well as individually, explores the geometries of dense urban landscapes.

From multiple perspectives, Kuzucan captures our complex surroundings; layers and folds of interior and exterior spaces are manifested in each of his paintings. Depicted from a distance, his paintings such as ‘Singularity’ portray the intricate overlap and fragmented dimensionalities of our cosmopolitan edifices. Such distance, however, is not to be confused with detachment: on the contrary, Kuzucan’s omniscience enables him to explore the intimacy amidst the anonymity of the concrete jungle. Although the majority of Kuzucan’s works are painted on square or almost square canvases, ‘The Blissful Defect’ also features four smaller ‘Untitled’ paintings, set on narrower rectangular canvases. Their elongated form brings a new perspective from which the viewer can experience Kuzucan’s towering urban landscapes.

About the exhibition

Dates: Nov 3, 2016 – Dec 2, 2016

Venue: Edouard Malingue Gallery

Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, for further information please visit

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