Gul Cagin is a contemporary artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Cagin is an artist who explores figurative abstraction in both painting and sculptural installations. She “explores how various natural [and] artificial processes of gathering information affect our understanding of reality and [our] interpretation of it.” Areas of interest in Cagin’s practice are sensory experience, as well as memory and time.
In her paintings, Cagin elicits an absence or removing of information, exploring how time can influence memory. In her painting, Infinite Universe Portrait 3, Cagin produces an abstracted figure—which the viewer automatically associates as a human figure. However, the abstract face evokes a deprivation of identity and recognition—as if a face lost to memory and time.
“By invoking various style, processes, iconic images, and barely recognizable objects, I look at more complex relationships, rather than surface appearances of the things.” – Gul Cagin
Gul Cagin has exhibited extensively, including the Torrance Art Museum and RAID Projects Los Angeles. She received her MFA in 2001 from Claremont University, following a BFA in 1999 at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her work will be on view in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, this June as part of the Collectivity exhibition.
About the Exhibition:
GOCA’s first exhibition of the 2018-19 season, Collectivity, will investigate points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in concurrent exhibits across two states.