The Quest Exhibition
Every artwork featured in the exhibition is a manifestation of both the artist’s creative quest and of the individual, inner journey he/ she goes through as his/her own epic’s hero/ine.
March 20- May 3, 2014
The gallery's inaugural exhibition The Quest is curated by İpek Yeğinsü and features works produced in different techniques by eight different artists: Site specific sound installation Black Box by Sair Sinan Kestelli, Outside video work by Yiğit Hepsev with sound by Mete Birgören, video installation The Fight between Eye and Ear by Asena Hayal and digital paintings by Balca Arda (Indirect), Sonia Klajnberg (Bluegras), Alexandre Dujardin (Let Me Tell You a Story, Don’t Be Sad Little Girl, Reflection, Toad and Water Lilly, Wings for Sonia), Murat Cengiz (Self Portrait, Undefinable, Cree) and Gökhan Yıldız (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).
In literature and mythology, “the quest” refers to an adventurous journey, undertaken for an objective both difficult and vital to reach, of the sort we encounter in examples such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, King Arthur, the Wizard of Oz and 2001: a Space Odyssey. The hero is usually unable to reach the original objective; however, this dangerous and burdensome journey allows him to acquire deep wisdom, pertaining to the self and to life in general. He confronts his fears and vulnerabilities and matures by being put to the test. The adventure becomes symbolic within the storyline and the quest turns into the metaphore of the hero’s, thus the reader’s inner adventure.The artist’s adventure is no different from that of a mythological hero. Both in terms of the concepts of interest and technical experimentation, every artist is in a never ending, exciting and painful quest. Every artwork featured in the exhibition is a manifestation of both the artist’s creative quests and of the individual, inner journey he or she goes through as his or her own epic’s hero/ine.
The quest is also deeply related to the concepts of sense and perception. The senses guide each and every individual in the quest for satisfying first the basic, then the more sophisticated needs, starting from the very moment he or she comes into this world. As the perceptive and cultural vocabulary expand, the sounds, textures, forms and colours that help him or her explore and understand the outside world become interconnected through various mental connotations and intensify to such a point that they often take each other’s place. Although this phenomenon, defined as “synesthesia”, is amongst every brain’s normal functions and enhances our memory’s capacity, it immoderately affects some individuals’ levels of consciousness and such examples are considered an illness. On the other hand, especially in the musical realm, it constitutes the basis of many works of genius, as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition. Particularly the multidisciplinary approach of today’s artists is increasingly inviting for the viewer to explore the dangerous boundaries of the synesthetical experience.Wishing the exhibition opens the door to a new “quest” for each and every viewer.
Black Box, Sair Sinan Kestelli’s sound installation encoded with spatial data, is the result of the artist’s long term research based on the relationship between sound, visual and physical perception, and how all these interact. Departing from the notion of synesthesia, one of the exhibition’s principal motifs, Kestelli transforms the entrusted exhibition space into a “black box” which combines the auditory, spatial and physical experience through its geometric attributes, acoustic behaviour and the consequent sonic world and diffusion. Providing the artwork’s sonic material base from a group of sound-generating instruments he has recently designed, the artist additionally aims at obtaining a motion of energy which diffuses and disperses or intensifies and condensates from time to time, by using the data of the exhibition space and the diffusion possibilities allowed by the sound system, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Beating like a heart at the gallery’s basement floor, Black Box allows us to perceive the entire exhibition area as a living organism thanks to its vibrations audible from the upper floors. İpek Yeğinsü, the curator of the exhibition.
About the Artists
Özlem Paker is a multi-disciplinary artist. She holds a MFA in multimedia from Parsons' Design&Technology Department
where she also had worked as a faculty member in Product and Communication Design.
Ayşe Ören is a sculptor, interior architect and designer who studied design and interior architecture at Bilkent University,Ankara.
İpek Yeğinsü is a photographer and contemporary art professional who studied political science, art history and museology in Koç University,İstanbul.
Sair Sinan Kestelli is a sound artist who holds a Phd and MA on sonic arts from Istanbul Technical University where he is a faculty member.
Asena Hayal is a conceptual artist and curator who holds a BA from Yıldız Technical University Art and Design department.
Information about other artists is presented in their pages on this site.