International 2012 Archives
Galeri Manâ is pleased to announce Hell-
The paintings in this exhibition were created after the artist's many trips through Anatolia. They are the remnants of his memories, recreated with the help of sketches made and photographs taken during his travels. The paintings all depict real places, some more obvious than others. Perfectionism is not pursued in representation; instead the materials of the painting take over. In some works, representation begins to border on abstraction.
Akagündüz's two Turabdin paintings, near the Mesopotamian border depict and document a certain landscape: the view from Deyrülzafaran (also known as the Saffron Monastery). The two landscapes hang side by side and their horizons almost connect; the gap between them is left to the imagination of the viewer. Another work portrays the Byzantine ruins of Ani in the northeast Anatolian city of Kars. As such the geography of the landscape takes precedence over the manmade structures and the ruins appear to be barely discernible at the center of the canvas. Alternatively Island-
Akagündüz juxtaposes his landscape paintings with a video installation, hence disclosing the paradoxical relationship between the digital images versus the painted. Hell-
Exhibition 16 March -
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