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Ahmet Doğu İpek, "Days"

SAHA supported the production of the new publication of Ahmet Doğu İpek, published on the occasion of the exhibition held between 23 March–10 June 2018 at Neues Museum.

The exhibition presents three artists from Turkey: Bilge Friedlaender and Füsun Onur, two grandes dames of Turkish contemporary art, are accompanied by Ahmet Doğu İpek. What they have in common is their muted approach. The “border of time” in the exhibition’s title is borrowed from the philosopher Michel Foucault (la bordure du temps); it divides the present from the past, marking the show’s poetic horizon.

Prepared by Ahmet Doğu İpek, the publication consists the artist’s 89 works from his “Days” series and one work from his “Stars (Night)” series. Moreover, curator and writer Selen Ansen’s poem titled “Nyx”  is also accompanies these works.

The “Days” series, which encompasses 157 pieces altogether, was produced with the addition of a black square every day from July 2016 to March 2017. Each piece came to fruition through the continuous movement of the black watercolour-dyed cotton paper. As a whole, it can be regarded as a black book which holds the abstract record of the period, since they are all a product of an hour long meditative process. Considered as a continuation of the “Days” series, “Stars (Night)” series is a galaxy-like composition, created through numerous potholes on a dark, thick, cotton paper entirely painted with black Indian ink. This performative work, produced through the making of regular potholes on paper, depicts a quest of child who imagines the sky as a darkened jar and strives to reach the light behind the darkness.

About Ahmet Doğu İpek

Ahmet Doğu İpek’s (1983, Adıyaman) practice can be described as diligent and painstaking. In his own meditative style, his technique remains innovative, all while using traditional materials, such as watercolor and pencil on paper. His series generally share a common ground based on multi-layeredness, complexity and blackness. His obsession with black allows him to explore this zone deeply. Besides his solo productions, Ahmet Doğu İpek has also cooperated with a number of artists on different occasions and created three dimensional, site-specific works with different media.

Although his inspiration comes from the ideas of postmodern society, the notion of “mass”, and a number of thinkers’ theories -such as Negri & Hardt, Canetti, Harvey and Calvino- the outcome appears more like the works of late 18th and early 19th century masters, such as Piranesi and Doré. İpek’s works have very strong ties with the city he lives in, Istanbul. All of his works remind us of the impossibility of anything remaining static, pointing to the loss of memory, both personal and public, cultural and otherwise, and the futility of vying against time.

About Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg

Neues Museum strives to be a venue that brings together people, art, and architecture offering ever new experiences and perceptions. Run by the Free State of Bavaria, designed by architect Volker Staab and completed in October 1999, Neues Museum in Nuremberg shows art and design from the 1950s to the present day on over 3,000 square meters of collection and exhibition space.

Neues Museum employs three key strategies in staging temporary exhibitions: Monographic exhibitions present the output of national and international artists, while themed presentations focus on current artistic pursuits. Collections established by institutions and private collectors are likewise a central exhibition theme. A regular aim is to establish a dialog between the collection and the exhibition.