Richard Taittinger Gallery presents Come Midnight, a solo exhibition of new work by Turkish artist Haluk Akakçe. In his first US presentation in nearly a decade, Akakçe uses the notion of transformation as a key to investigate the delicate balance between the earth and spirit world. The visionary exhibition showcases all new works: video, paintings, and drawings. Keeping in the theme of the exhibition, the opening reception will take place on the morning of May 16, from midnight to 8am. Entitled after the “zero hour” of transition between one day and the next, Come Midnight embraces the fleeting, intangible, ephemeral aspects of life and aligns these with the physical world.
Akakçe challenges society’s reliance on logic and rationality. In response, the artist choreographs forms in relentless flux. His technique of freehandedly shaping subjects captures the tenuous moment when the corporal and ethereal worlds collide, when decisions made by the psyche translate into physical motion.
The front gallery space represents the “physical world” with large-scale paintings and works on paper. The viewer then navigates through a
transitional soundscape pathway, created in collaboration with composer Michael Vecchio, which culminates in the “spirit world.” The back gallery is illuminated by Moonlight Serenade (2015), a single channel video installation that expresses nostalgia for a romantic past and highlights the possibility of organic sensitivity amidst cold mechanization.
The viewer is offered a momentary, fragile, and sensitive vision of transitional states akin to the flutter of butterfly wings. Come Midnight will remain on view through June 21.