Turan Aksoy

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December 19, 2017

Turan Aksoy

November 21, 2017–January 2, 2018

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Art Rooms, Kyrenia is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Hayali̇ by Turkish artist Turan Aksoy.

In the past, shadow puppetry was called Hayal-i Zıll or hayal-el sitare and the puppeteer was known as Hayalbaz, Hayal-i zılciyan or Hayalî. Shadow puppetry is thought to have entered Turkish culture through Southeast Asia and the Middle East around the 16th Century. Although “Karagöz and Hacivat” is thought as a form of shadow puppetry, played behind a semi-transparent screen using two-dimensional depictions, the depictions seen on the screen are not actually their shadows, but the two-dimensional depictions themselves.

In his Hayali exhibition held at Art Rooms Gallery (Kyrenia/Cyprus) Turkish artist Turan Aksoy presents a selection of his works under five groups and 15 headings, which he has produced over the last two decades and seem impossible to put together cognitively and in terms of diversity in approaching these concepts. 

It is the change in the nature of the line and the drawing that relates the works in the exhibition to each other, yet also shows the differences between them. Aksoy’s drawing-focused selection reflects not only the artist’s internal appraisal, but also his views on spatial changes in time and the places in which he lives.

Turan Aksoy uses the line as a means of depicting and representing, transforming into what is fictionalized or imagined. Using objects, bodies and spaces as open-ended metaphors, he establishes relations between the individual and imaginary based upon sexuality. He criticizes the political and chaotic distortions in decadent societies over objects, bodies and spaces. His works as a screen (mirror) calls the viewer to become a part of the events depicted, to participate in these events and to live them. It can be said that as a lietmotif, perturbation, which is sensed in his works, is related to this call.

In Artists’ Animals he chose to observe and reflect the issues from various angles within the space rather than from a different point of view or interpretation. One of the most interesting sections of the exhibition is the work entitled Miniatures Shadow, which is a hand-made art-book whereby a group of works and aphorisms, designed and produced as a drawing, collage, model or photo, are assembled on the images and memories displayed in the middle of the works. Taking the personal and social images as a starting point, the intention is to experience the ways that our forms of remembering the past, vitalisation and expression follow in order to create new powers, and how different manipulations such as concealment, indifference and bending can be associated with the visuality.

The Hayali exhibition, which brings together subjects that seem to be contrary to each other, is focused on drawing as a simple instrument with the power to show his ability to observe, express and imagine.