Büyük Boşluk / The Great Emptiness
Siemens Sanat, 31.01. – 15/11 – 31/12 2005
Sanatçılar / Artists: Hassan Al-Hakim, Arzu Baş, Gülşah Karanlık, Eda Liman, Seda Özen, Alphan Vardarlı
Küratör / Curator: Marcus Graf
In the concrete shelter of today’s life, free space is limited. The living-form of our existence is the crowd. In the countries of plenty, the image of freedom has become a cowboy in a commercial, sitting alone
next to a fire place: A mere empty shell…
In a city like Istanbul, emptiness is urgently needed – even though, concurrently, we fear its silence of the moment because we are no longer used to being alone. A new loneliness has arisen, in which one is lonely without being alone. In the iciness of this void, the only warmth you realize is the feeling of your own skin. This is the coldest emptiness…
I believe, in the world’s visual overflow, art bears a special responsibility. Today, artists have to reconsider the power of images, and maybe, instead of creating new works, they should rather erase pictures. Art has to clean the world of images that force us passively to receive rather than actively to participate.
In the Great Emptiness, six artists react to the crowds of Istanbul and its’ visual overflow, by dealing with emptiness – in installations, paintings, drawings, photos, and video. In general, the exhibited artists use emptiness as a strategy to respond to the visual impact of the city. Some works will give the spectator a chance to create his own images – others will show empty spots in our life – and some artists will deal with emptiness on a meta-level to evoke the state of being alive today.
The Great Emptiness is an exhibition in which art creates a void that has to be filled by the imagination of the spectator. A trip into the blind spot of the eye leads him to a place in which images of life are created by nobody else but himself. Welcome to your own visual experience…