Aydın Arkun & Nilay Özenbay
24 November – 25 December 2015
EKAV / Education, Culture and Research Foundation welcomes two artists from two disciplines. Painter Aydın Arkun and sculptor Nilay Özenbay come together in the joint exhibition “Abstract Reflections” at Ekavart Gallery on 24 November – 25 December 2015.
Assoc. Prof. Özkan Eroğlu comments on paintings of Aydın Arkun who thinks that there is only a visual difference between so called abstract and realistic paintings: “Nothingness Investigations... I think, Aydın Arkun avoids a conceptualization in every aspect of his work from namings to plastic pull-and-push points in his compositions, thus he tends to protect the reality he wants to represent, and that stands out as his prominent characteristics. I suppose the viewer can attain the perception of ‘painting subject to reflexes’ in his works, and that is a sign of an attitude towards technology unconditioned by a perfectionist structure. In his compositions, I observe a state of decomposition of a material into another material, or into various materials, and that can be nothing but witnessing the decomposition of values, ideologies, reality and aims in today’s world, in fact a total disappearance, and making this testimony a sign itself.”
Although Nilay Özenbay pre-designs the form she would mould with the piece of mud right at the beginning, still an unknown power pushes her, she sets for this unknown journey and delves into the abyss of memories and images. However, particular feelings forming the artist’s bunch do not dissociate immediately, instead they form an almost perfect shape without loosing their togetherness. Özenbay feels with her sculptures, “the inner peace and calmness she feels when she looks at the sky, but sometimes the anger and calmness of the sea. The geometric order, curves, and aesthetics imagined by the Creator while creating the most extraordinary being, the woman, also evokes the artist the order of the universe and seas.” The artist created her new works with this feeling, working on shaping her abstract inner womanhood within a visualization similar to the waves of a sea washing the rocks. She thinks that the woman created by the Creator as a remedy to solitude is in fact lonely as Lilith, having an existence in unity. Özenbay distinctively used colour in her sculptures taken to the present exhibition.
You can watch the exhibition on Turkey’s first online art television: www.ekavart.tv