Dirimart is pleased to announce Âbidin Elderoğlu’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition brings together the artist’s oil, and charcoal works as well as sketches where he traced the abstract painting and abstraction beginning from the 1940’s. Elderoğlu’s works point out the search of a new path that was shaped by the discussions on abstraction and abstract painting in Turkish painting since the 1950’s. Named after the artist’s oil painting dated 1968, the exhibition refers to Elderoğlu’s attempts to see the nature in another way. A comprehensive book, which concentrates on Elderoğlu’s place in Turkish art, accompanies the show.
Elderoğlu who mainly focuses on shadow, light, density, and lightness in his paintings, aimed to create, in his words, a “plastic musicality.” Elements like the color and blank space take an important place in his compositions that aim to digress from the subject. According to him, the aesthetics and art are dependent on the pure and free nature, to human existence, and spiritual laws. From plants to celestial bodies, mythological stories to music, Elderoğlu benefited from several sources throughout his artistic practice. Works of Elderoğlu, who adopted an artistic approach of exploring rather than limiting himself with specific styles, represent the curious mind of the artist.