'Non-eye centric drawings series' (pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper or canvas - variable dimensions)

 

How do people form me consciously? 

 

Since I was thrown into this world, objects* around me has constantly suggested their aesthetics, moral codes and their understandings. I have done the same to the others as well. They want me to look like them and I want them to perceive like me. Isn’t this relation bringing forth the aesthetics of homogenization while pointing out - as if amplifying - the necessity and the importance of diversity and colors?

I propose to use this homogenization as a medium. I want my drawings to show the aesthetic decisions, the suggestions and the colors of others to flourish this diversity and amplify what we already experience. These drawings show various layouts and possibilities of my own memory disunity, at the same time the compositions and interventions of others minds. While I make the drawings blindfolded I depend on people's eyes to see the drawing, their suggestions to shape it, and thus reveal the forming relations between people. 

I don’t look at my ‘Non-eye centric drawings’ until someone says that they are finished. I don’t attach any importance to a specific color unless someone suggests that I use a specific one. I don’t determine the size of the drawing or the story/images on it unless there are any suggestions. The images accumulate on the surface and create indirect psychic automatism** and unexpected unions. 

 

​When the colors coincidentally come together on the surface, every one of them reaches their independence. Standing proudly, far from the aesthetics of an eye. Each color and form becomes liberated, losing their superiority given by the view of an eye. When they come together coincidentally, they have the chance to form a union that our eyes haven’t yet seen. Here, there is no place for beauty or ugliness. There is a place for possibilities which in the end, once seen, becomes an ugliness or beauty inevitably.

*All kind of beings, ** Manifesto of Surrealism (1924) André Breton

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This is a 12 days of a drawing performance (between 16-24 September 2021, 12pm-6pm) as part of “From Seeing to Acting” group exhibition curated by Radical Reversibility at Looiersgracht 60 Amsterdam. As part of my “Non-eye centric” works, I was invited to make a live drawing performance. And take the suggestions and guidance of the visitors to drive the drawing. Below is my notes after the performance ended:

 

“On Saturday the drawing was finalized as suggested by Taco Hidde. It has been made with many visitors' suggestions, “the unexpected co-authorships” of three students from Utrecht School of Art and also an agreed co-authorship with Xiangbilin Ji from St. Joost School of Art & Design.

 

I received lots of suggestions and guidance. For instance, at the beginning Martine Stig made me start with an orange pastel. Later, Mariel Williams told me that while I was taking a break a student drew a cross, a cube and lines on the drawing. As I cannot look at it, I video called Defne Tesal and showed her the drawing. She recommended that I turn the cross into a kite. After a while Ahu Akgun suggested that I turn the kite into a cube. One of the artists of the exhibition Spiros Hadjidjanos suggested on a video call to draw something I remember from the basement of the exhibition on the right side of the drawing. So I drew a fighter jet which I had experienced in Peter Bogers’ “Glued Eye”. Frank van der Stok conduced toward new encounters, opened up paths with his agile moves and contributed to the development of the work.

In the past I was not looking at my drawings even if someone said they are finished. Noud Heerkens asked why my approach had changed, I’ll email him about it. I received a couple of suggestions about depth and shapes from Hiryczuk van Oevelen but couldn't make them all. Their suggestions will also shape the next drawings. 

 

At the end lots of images, stories, characters and memories accumulated on the surface of the paper with the suggestions of many other people whose name I did not mention.”

 

(180x150cm / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper)

 

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"Untitled 21" (pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70 cm / 2021

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Mavi varyasyonları: Olabildiğince yavaş ve o kadar kısa  /

Variations of blue: As slow as possible and that much short

 pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 150x90cm - 2020

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“Anlık köklenmeler ve bir noktada durabilmenin imkansızlığı / Instant rooting and the impossibility of remaining at a point”⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“20 adımın huzuru 21'inde yok/ The tranquility of 20 steps, ceases to be in 21"⠀
⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“Başkasının ufkunda kaybolmak / Getting lost on someone else’s horizon”⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“Untitled / Isimsiz”⠀
⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

Hafızanın Serabı

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“Hafızanın Serabı / The Mirage of the memory”⠀
⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“Çöl Feneri / Desert Lighthouse”⠀
⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“Karanlığın sonundaki aydınlık yangın olabilir / The light at the end of darkness might be fire”⠀
⠀- pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm - (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)⠀

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“Untitled" - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)

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“5/4" - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper/100x70cm -  (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020

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“Her şeyin kül olup suyla birleşmesi gerekiyordu / All was supposed to be ash and join with water" - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 100x70cm (Pandemi period, Istanbul, 2020)

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⁣“Return or reflux" - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper/100x70cm 

(Pandemi Period, Istanbul, 2020)

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Korkunun eşiği ve özenin yetersizliği - Threshold of fear and the insufficiency of care - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper / 89x70cm (Pandemi Period, Istanbul, 2020)

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Bu bir dağ değildir / Unutkanlık / Pre-haddini bil, pre-sıkışıklık, pre- korku - This is not a mountain / Forgetfulness / Pre-know your place, pre-pressure, pre-fear - pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper, 100x69cm (Pandemi Period, Istanbul, 2020)

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Stack of uncompleted times - Bitmemiş zamanlar yığını / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper, 2019, 

150,5 x 209,5cm 

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Hafızadan takipsizlik - Unfollowed by memory / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on canvas, 2019, 

152x215cm

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Untitled yet / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on canvas, 2019,  161.5 x 216.5cm

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Untitled yet / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper, 2019, 150.5 x 190cm

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Dear Oblomov / pen, pencil, marker, pastel, ink on paper, 2019, 

149.5 x 150cm