LAYERIST

LAYERS of the FREUDIAN MIND (2020)
Mixed-Media on 3 canvases

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EMERGENCE (2020)
Acrylic on 2 canvases

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ASCENT (1989)
Acrylic on 4 canvases

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Humans ascend from lower animals in Darwin’s EVOLUTION. He called it “The Descent of Man” in his 1871 book, following his first, groundbreaking one “Origin of Species” (1859). In the painting “ASCENT” above, four species are depicted on different layers of canvas in an ascending evolutionary-order: Fly – Frog – Ape – Human. Who is next? Do we see the beginnings of Her/Him in this painting?

DETAIL for ASCENT


ABYSS (1989)
Acrylic on 5 canvases

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The object ROSE becomes the though and sensation representing it in the human mind. Can we be obsessed by it and fall into the abyss it creates?

APOCALYPSE (1990)
Acrylic on 3 canvases

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DETAIL for APOCALYPSE


KISS CHRIST (1988)
Mixed-Media on 2 canvases

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KISS CHRIST (1988) was my reply to Andres Serrano’s controversial 1987 photograph “PISS CHRIST” (depicting a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine). I’m a non-religious secularist. For me, Christ represents LOVE, more than anything else. Therefore, it didn’t feel right to see his image submerged in urine (this could have been due to my misunderstanding of Serrano’s artistic intent at the time).
In KISS CHRIST, I tried to create a more representative and respectful artistic-image for Christ: 2 lips in profile, touching lovingly and forming the image of a CROSS. I thought a loving kiss should envelope Christ, not piss. And, I still do.
In this painting, I had cut out the small surface-area between the kissing lips on the front-canvas, revealing the surface beneath (a smaller canvas of black velvet).

THE GAZE (2005)
Acrylic on 2 canvases


FLAG BURNING (2017)
Acrylic on 2 canvases

It’s estimated that currently 1 in every 15 African-American men is in prison. 1 in 3 can expect to go to prison in his lifetime. The number of incarcerated African-American women is rising alarmingly, as well.
Building and running new prisons, to meet the growing demand, is now a very lucrative business, conducted more and more by the private sector.
Instead of building schools, job-retraining centers, child care centers, health clinics, affordable housing, we keep building prisons.
Tragic, shameful and unacceptable!
What are the chances of a young African-American person who did some prison time to be able to get back to society in a productive manner? Wouldn’t he/she most likely be condemned to chronic joblessness, especially in this shaky economy?
Let’s stop talking about building walls to keep illegal immigrants out. Let’s tear down the walls that keep the young, underprivileged American citizens incarcerated forever in their own country that their ancestors helped to build with their sweat and blood!
During the social protests of the past decades, burning the American Flag was quite common, a conduct I would never condone and practice, myself. Yet, I believe, to do so should continue to be part of our freedom of expression, protected by the Constitution. Some of our politicians believe otherwise and want to send those who burn the American Flag to prison. Well, with all due respect, I have news for you:
The American Flag is already burning!
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*Video-Animation by Norm Badillo.

SINS of the FATHERS (2020)
Acrylic on 3 canvases

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LIGHT at the End of the Tunnel (2020)
Sometimes, it only seems far away.
Acrylic on 7 canvases

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INLIGHTENMENT: A Self-Portrait (2020)
Acrylic on 3 canvases

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6 feet (2020)
Acrylic on 2 canvases

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THE UNIFORM (2020)
They’re gonna like the way you look!
Acrylic on 3 canvases

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SERENEGETIT? (2021)
Acrylic on 4 canvases


THE BREAKOUT (2021)
Mixed-Media on 2 canvases


RIPPLE (2021)
Acrylic on 4 canvases


Young, Poor, Prolific PICASSO (2021)
Acrylic on 2 canvases

In this Layerist-painting, it’s imagined that in his early days, Pablo Picasso painted on the back-side of his canvases too, in order to save money on the canvases.

What else could he have been trying to save?
A) Face?
B) Reputation?
C) His Soul?

What do you think?
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Front-Side of his canvas, Picasso is in the process of painting:
“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”

Back-Side of the same canvas, he is in the process of painting:
“Child Holding A Dove”

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Photo-1) Without LIGHT coming through the Skylight of his Studio.
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Photo-2 & 3) With the LIGHT…

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Emergence of Order, after the Big Bang (2021)
Acrylic on 3 canvases
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CUSTOMIZE a PORTRAIT
Would you like one?

I’ll paint or draw a Portrait of your choosing on a small Canvas (12×9”).
Will cut out a rectangle on the canvas through which you can see the other side (like the one shown in the Photos here).
Then, I’ll sign, date and mail it to you.
It’ll be a Functional “Layerist Art” by me that you’ll own.

While you enjoy the Portrait, you can also watch anything you’d like through it.
For example:
1) A VIDEO on a screen.
2) A Photograph.
3) Whatever else you choose.

How to acquire one?
You can email me a digital Photo of the Portrait you’d like me to paint or draw on the Canvas (including your own portrait).
You’ll need to pay, online, before I start the painting process.

If interested, please email me and we will discuss the details further, including the price.
EMAIL: celik.kayalar10@yahoo.com

“Layerism is an amazing invention in Modern Art by Celik Kayalar”
~Prof. PETER SELZ (1919-2019)
Esteemed Modern Art Historian,
Prof. at UC Berkeley; Founding-Director of the Berkeley Art Museum.

More Artwork at:
www.celik-kayalar.com

PHOTOS
Functional “Layerist Art” by Celik Kayalar. A protoype.
1) Canvas with a portrait, placed up against a computer screen.
2) With a video of a scene playing from “The Traffick”, written, directed, and produced by me.

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Another Example for
CUSTOMIZE a PORTRAIT:
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Prison Reform, NOW! (2021)
Mixed-Media on 2 canvases.

The Descent of Man (2021)
Acrylic on 2 Canvases.
 
A tribute to Charles Darwin for his seminal book with the same tittle where he elaborates on the Evolution of Humans from “lower” animals (1871).
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MODERN PATRIARCHY (2021)
“Shut Up and Show Us Your…”
Mixed-Media on 2 Canvases

HATE, ANGER and FEAR (2021)
Acrylic on 2 Canvases
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ZIP IT! (2021)
Mixed-Media on 2 Canvases
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GOD (2021)
White Acrylic on 2 Canvases
Dimensions
14×11″

VIDEO (12 Sec)
Without, and then with the LIGHT, as we get closer.

*Technical note: Light from under the 2nd layer of canvas.

FADE OUT (2021)
Acrylic on 3 Layers
Dimensions: 28 x 12″

When the painting is hung over a black background: image(2)

When the painting is hung over a white background:
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Looks like one can influence and change what one fades out to: By choosing the background one hangs the painting over.

Is this an example of the Viewer (the owner of the painting; gallery/museum curator…) being able to literally change the painting, without ever using any paint? Is the Viewer now an artist, and not just a passive observer?

Lets PHILOSOPHIZE a bit 🤔
Is this a metaphor for real LIFE…. and, DEATH?
At least as far as our beliefs and actions during life are concerned? That is:
Can death be a disappearance into a black hole? Or into light? Depending on what we believe in?


EINSTEIN’S SPACE-TIME (2021)
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CHILD Hiding in a KYIV BASEMENT (March 7th, 2022)
Acrylic on 2 Layers

PEACE NOW ☮️
In Solidarity with Ukraine 🇺🇦
$50 per print (signed and numbered: total limited to 200 prints)
Money goes to the Ukrainian Children’s Charity: voices.org.ua

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Prof. Peter Selz on CELIK KAYALAR’s Invention of LAYERISM

Celik Kayalar’s LAYERISM on Big Screen & Canvas

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