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Cevdet Erek, "Winter Exhibition – Kış Sergisi"

Winter Exhibition – Kış Sergisi

SAHA supported the production of Cevdet Erek’s new work for his solo show at the Kasseler Kunstverein held between 22 January–27 March 2016.
Erek transmits the live image of a fireplace from a house located in Kassel, and this becomes the centerpiece of the exhibition in Kassel. Lounge furniture custom designed by the artist invites the viewers to settle down and rest. The livestream image of the fire recalls eternal fires, commonly played through DVD players at hotel bars.

The seven windows of the neoclassical facade of the Kunstverein are labeled by Cevdet Erek with the letters MO, DI, MI, DO, FR, SA, SO. The front window becomes the calendar of the working week, the most commanding structure of our Western Modern age. In addition, he brings along existing works a new presentation of "Day", "Ruler Day Night", "Ruler Centenary".

About Cevdet Erek

After receiving his Architecture degree from Mimar Sinan University, Erek completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in the field of sound engineering at ITU MIAM (Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music).

Exploring the transformation of the phenomena of time and space into diverse visual and aural forms, Erek spent the years 2005-2006 in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Erek has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as 300m3 Art Space, Goteborg (2009); Akinci, Amsterdam (2011); and Kunsthalle, Basel (2012). His works have been exhibited in Artists Space, New York (2009); Tate Modern, London (2011); MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2011); and TBA21, Vienna (2010). The artist has two books: “SSS-Themes and Variations for Carpet”, published in 2008 by BAS Artist Books, Istanbul, and “Room of Rhythms 1”, published in 2012 by Walther Koenig Books within the scope of Documenta 13. One of two artists from Turkey to have taken part in Documenta 13 in 2012, Cevdet Erek was nominated for the Nam June Paik Award the same year.

About Kasseler Kunstverein

The Kasseler Kunstverein was founded in 1835 as an independent forum for the promotion and presentation of contemporary art. It was one of the first of its kind in Germany and stands in tradition of civic commitment. Today the Kunstverein, with its downtown 500 m² of exhibition space in the Museum Fridericianum, offers artists a unique field of experimentation. Annually, the Kunstverein presents four exhibitions, plus numerous cooperative projects such as the annual media art exhibition Monitoring, theatre performances and concerts.

The exhibition program is developed and implemented by an honorary board. The Kasseler Kunstverein puts its curatorial focus on solo exhibitions of contemporary national and international artists. The presented works display a diverse range of artistic forms, from installations or sculptures to paintings and media art to performance art.