On Gulay Alpay Art
Alpay’s work furthers a legacy of perfomative work referencing such artists as Valie Export and Marina Abramovic.
She updates this work by infusing it with contemporary post-modern theory. She effectively highlights what Nicolas Borriard calls “the contemporary artistic practice, a place that resides in the invention of relations between consciousness”. Alpay seeks an intervention that creates community closing the gap between viewer and artist. A moral and spiritual endeavor, Alpay becomes part of the audience sharing in equal authorship of the art event.
For Alpay, each artistic act is a creative and transformative ritualistic experience. For every gesture that she takes – from applying paint to silk, to painting her own body – are spiritual acts of rebirth, expressions of love for humanity. Challenging the boundaries of the art world, she stretches her own imagination and ours, to envision another kind of world where people interact freely and openly in love and companionship. (Abram Lubelski, NY ARTS MAGAZINE Publisher)