CONSTRUCTING A SENTENCE
At the exhibition titled Constructing a Sentence, Art On İstanbul is presenting the latest productions of Erman Özbaşaran, Mithat Şen, Ahmet Çerkez, Olgu Ülkenciler, Evren Sungur and Ahmet Elhan. The exhibition can be seen at Art On İstanbul from January 12th until February 28th.
Constructing a Sentence focuses on the artists’ method of thinking and producing in series. Each of the series the artists produced lately is presented in a dense installation like a sentence built with many words. These “series” can be interpreted through the concept of discipline and consistency in the artistic process. It can also be a looked at as a production built in their own universes through their own order. Constructing a Sentence highlights the progression of each work within a series and how each series adds to the production of the artist.
Mithat Şen’s leather mounted plexiglass reliefs are presented together on one individual wall to imply the boundaries and infiniteness of the circle. Each of the fifteen works continue the body alphabet however, once spread as a whole they complete an organic order on the wall. The pieces from the artist’s unique body alphabet is stacked in a manner that perfectly mimics the gravitational pull. The works that create an island on their own bring out the balance of emptiness and plenitude with the light that reflects from the surface of the works. The artist multiplies the opportunities of the series that functions as the continuation of “İstif” series reliefs, to mimic the production of nature.
Erman Özbaşaran’s new landscape pieces at the exhibition, follows the series he did with cigarette papers at his exhibition Prospect of Hope in May of 2017. He creates triptych sea views with dégradé colours of brown, black and blue tones that strengthen the horizon line. Once looked at closely, it can be seen that each cigarette paper enriches the surface as individual sea views. From a distance, with the bold horizon line, the landscape enlarges and gains an incredible depth.
Ahmet Çerkez’s new series that he started after his solo exhibition is composed on a rare format of tall and narrow canvas surfaces. This format that is seen in many different art historical times, resembles edicts from the Ottoman era, altarpieces from churches and a style that is typical to Japanese painting schools. Çerkez states that with this format that carries references to his process that resemble a form of “icons”. The texture transfers, use of found objects and hand writings enhance the style the artist chooses. The artist who uses the raw canvas to bring out the organic texture of the surface, carries the forced marks of time.
Olgu Ülkenciler who creates works that are driven from literature and history, draws inspiration from Grimm’s Fairy Tales in this series. The artist who interprets Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Snow White with the use of neon colours, the artist reflects the utopian nature of fairy tales. Graphic elements, collages that carry patterns and textured plastic supplies, alongside the artists choice of materials and dense balance of material present a surreal form of abstraction.
Evren Sungur is presenting a preview of his upcoming solo exhibition with works in Constructing a Sentence. The artist creates artificial portraits and landscapes that are composed from the idea of a composed reality. At the series where the artist continues his search of surface, Sungur works with contra material, using it as a frame while including it into the painting with geometrical cut-outs. The landscapes that were compositional elements in the artist’s “Organic Machine” and “Personator” series are presented as singular pieces of a tryptic painting.
Apart from the artists that the gallery represents, there are 10 photographs of Ahmet Elhan from his “Clouds” series. The artist’s large scale black and white photographs are distinguished by ordinary cloud images with rectangular patches of colour and guiding lines that are added on the image. These serene compositions that aren’t interrupted despite the harshness of the geometry and the organic movement under the surface approach painting through the shifts of colour.
The exhibition, Constructing a Sentence provides an outlook towards the fertility of artistic production and how a series contributes to the consistency of this process.