Cigdem Aky

Cigdem Aky

Cigdem Aky (* 1989, Munich) studied with Jerry Zeniuk, Thomas Scheibitz and Myriam Holme at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and then with Helmut Dorner at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.
Painting as science, i.e. minus everything that could be interpreted into it. Nothing figurative, nothing that could trigger associations in the audience, no metaphysics, but full control. Only shape and color and light (conditions). Painting as an experimental arrangement. Strictly according to a defined concept: in the middle a sharply defined upright bar, around it wide, emphatically executed brushstrokes. The sober surrounded by gestures; the level-headed alongside the impulsive. The timeless meets the fleeting and forms a lasting bond. A moment becomes eternity and opens up the possibility to investigate how the two antagonists correspond. Painting under laboratory conditions. In acrylic and oil on cotton, the painter Cigdem Aky combines the three elements depth, structure and color, creating autonomous color spaces that are precise in their effect, precisely because of the absence of any reference options. Lack of reference leads to unambiguity, each work conveys an exactly defined feeling. The combination of a set geometric element with gestural components leads to a series of unpredictable dialogues. Every work is an experiment with an open result. With her paint application, Aky starts a process, the further course of which she cannot and does not want to control. She leaves color tones to themselves, which then study, evaluate and update each other. Aky's concept of varying a certain setting again and again and thus exploring the possibilities, limits and conditions of a system is reminiscent of experimental arrangements in the field of music, such as Johann Sebastian Bach's "Art of the Fugue" or the "Well-Tempered Clavier". Here a constant musical theme is successively declined in different keys. The sheer endless variation reveals what emerges beyond material, structure and concept and which hovers over all of this: a characteristic combinatorial essence. An extract of essence and effect. In her series of experiments, the artist practices philosophy with a brush. Cigdem Aky paints meaning.
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Spring 2020
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Installation view
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Spring 2020
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Installation view
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Installation view
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Installation view
MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Installation view
Cigdem Aky