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Masist Gül - 1947-2003

Masist Gül (1947-2003) was an artist of Armenian origin, who was born and lived in Istanbul.
Gül was a Turkish actor who played in over 300 movies, mostly obscure in which he played small roles. Because of his body-builder physique he was often cast as the villain or the brute. He was also an extraordinary artist, producing a large amount of collages, drawings and poetry which no one, except a few close friends, ever saw. An autodidact, he taught himself specific techniques like copper engraving.

Almost all his work is a reflection on his own life, speaking mostly of the hardship and loneliness he experienced. The protagonists in his work are without exception his mirror images. At the same time his body and appearance were meticulously and consistently constructed upon an idea he had about himself: a role, an ideal, or simply an inescapable fact?
During the 80’s Gül conceived and made by hand a series of 6 books with the title
“Kaldırım Destanı – Kaldırımlar Kurdunun Hayatı” (Pavement Myth – The Life of the Pavement’s Wolf) using a periodical comic book format. The story takes place between 1905 and 1978. It is written in Turkish and is impossible to translate without significant loss of meaning as he wrote everything in rhyme, using the language in a highly personal way. Find more here.


losfeld said...

putain super découverte, merci Filo!

ghoulson said...

excellent! thanks for the enlightenment.

ROBO32.EXE said...

je reprends les mots de lolo.
découverte super putain filo merci !

Filo Loco said...

je savais qu'il y auraient des amateurs ;-)
thx ghoulson