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Dolls Found, Words Lost

Faruk Ulay

Text and photographs: Faruk Ulay
Size: 7″ x 7″ (18cm x 18cm)
Pages: 42
Printing: Full color digital offset
Binding: Perfect bound, soft cover
Edition: 250 (all signed, unnumbered)
Date Published: August 2013
ISBN 978-1-61979-828-1
Sixteen found objects–discarded dolls, all mass-produced during the 1930s through the 1950s–were photographed on a stage constructed by the artist. Facing pages accommodate short paragraphs of text, each loosely tethered to a restless background, text that is abstruse in meaning and hazy in appearance. The edgy setting lays bare the inability of language and photography to converge seamlessly in the collective space. The text invites the viewer to differential readings, multiple layers of meaning, playful readings that allow the viewer to enter into the text and recompose it–over and over. One cannot locate a center, an imperative–a transcendental signified. It is, rather, an unending play of signs that opens up anew with each reading. This project, thus, plays with lost and reclaimed identity, queries authenticity, toys with the artist’s intervention/intention to inject uniqueness into mass-produced objects, and calls into question the systems of presentation and representation.

Faruk Ulay was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1957. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from The State Academy of Fine Arts, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Visual Communications in Goldsmiths’ College in London, England. In 1982, he moved to the United States and established a design studio in Pasadena, California, where he focuses on authoring purely text-based, literary works as well as engaging text and visuals to create interdisciplinary, multi-layered projects.

In addition to his work that incorporates both the visual and the textual, Faruk Ulay has written eight volumes of short stories, two novels, and one non-fiction work–a design manifesto. His literary fiction appear regularly in literary and cultural journals in Turkey, in the United States, and in Canada.

www.farukulay.com