AKASHA, Heaven in a Wild Flower
12 September 2017–28 October 2017 | Dirimart

Haluk Akakçe

The exhibition, at Dirimart Dolapdere’s pop-up space during the 15th İstanbul Biennial, emphasizes the different aspects of the artist’s practice, foregrounding his balanced relationship with media that goes beyond physical and spiritual worlds. Akakçe’s charcoal drawings exhibited for the first time in Europe, paintings, and reliefs are featured in this exhibition.

The artist’s fluid, cyclical forms that he depicts with a single wrist motion repeat a mantra that reveals how we construct our own worlds and how we are mirrored at every moment. The small-scale charcoal drawings that the artist first exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York in 1998 go beyond their boundaries and transform into reliefs projected onto the walls of the exhibition space. The permeable, breathing sketches are ballet dancers, denying their own weight. Akasha, the root of all religions, the light, sound, vibration in the universe, is at the center of the exhibition, a literary archive where everything is recorded. Akakçe thus opens up various doors to his own artistic archive through this sensibility.

2017, acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122 cm
2017, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 152 cm
Bless You
2017, acrylic on canvas, 102 x 72 cm
2017, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 152 cm
The Devil Within