For the past two decades, Etnik’s artistic work has been focused on representing the city as a dynamic playground, where the world of street art creatively expresses itself, intertwining with the ever-evolving canvas of human life. Over the past decade, Etnik’s exhibitions have explored themes such as the dualism between brutalism and nature, the inherent contradictions in modern cities, and abstract perspectives of urban landscapes.
The upcoming exhibition, “S A M P L E S,” to be presented at the GCA Gallery starting from December 8, introduces a series of canvases and material works exclusively centered on urban textures. Titled “S A M P L E S,” the concept is inspired by DJing techniques that involve dissecting and remixing small segments of songs or rhythms to create entirely new soundscapes. Similarly, Etnik’s work for this exhibition observes the city by capturing small details from every corner, materials, signals, and natural elements, then remixing them to create a new composition. Colors, typography, mixed materials, geometric elements, and volumes are extracted from their original context, forming abstract compositions.
This artistic perspective has evolved over the past decade as Etnik has explored various aspects of urban landscapes. Today, Etnik’s approach to the city is more deconstructed and abstract compared to the early stages of artistic exploration.