Dirimart is excited to announce its first appearance in Bodrum Yalıkavak with an exceptional program. Located on top of a hill covered by olive trees, between a residence for artists and numerous studios built in the 90s in tune with the architectural style of the period and in accordance with its natural surroundings, Ritmo Zeytino invites Dirimart.
The gastronomy project Ritmo Zeytino, opening its doors to visitors three times a week, with a new menu each week, designed based on a farm-to-table concept, accompanied by a special selection of music, presents a unique experience. Dirimart organizes five presentations conceived in harmony with the spirit and rhythm of this special space, to be exhibited each for two weeks, July 8–September 18. Exhibitions will be on view on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 17:00–22:00.
Dirimart’s inaugural project in Bodrum is 6 Gold-Drawn Stained Glasses series by Sarkis, an artist who placed İstanbul on the international art map with his exhibitions and installations, working with a variety of materials and techniques to conjure novel forms that voice his subject in unprecedented
ways. The series to be exhibited for the first time in this space, consists of six stained glass works. In these stained glasses, Sarkis fragments his İstanbul photos only to assemble, to repair them by using gold, propelling the viewer to reflect on buildings that convey the city’s memory and on traces of them on people. Sarkis’ 6 Gold-Drawn Stained Glasses series was on view July 8–17.
Berke Yazıcıoğlu’s series of 11 tapestries is a visual reinterpretation of each episode in Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The story told by the ballet of Rite of Spring that inspired him is a pagan rite from ancient Russia that celebrates the passage from winter to spring. The colors and objects that form his compositions are marked by the history and the philosophy of music to which Stravinsky’s ballet once belonged. Stravinsky’s atonal music, by its rhythms and structures, forms an important part of Yazıcıoğlu’s present works. The artist begins with the graphic design and he wants his works to be processed as weaving. The production of his tapestries are made by a textile company in London, founded in the 17th century. Yazicioglu resembles the weaving process to a gigantic orchestra. The intricate and delicate weaving requires instruments, machinery and craftsman which functions with complexity and difficulty.
Ayşe Erkmen, whose practice, and in particular, site-specific works are etched in memory, takes the social and physical environment that she is in as a starting point and by repositioning the existing structure in her particular style, impels viewers to think about space. Her works, which make spaces experiential, do not exhibit a concern for forming a formal language. Instead, all her projects are an extension to the space, and have an organic relation with its environment. Glassworks was created and exhibited in France in 2015 for the first time. Installed in a former glass factory, which is a cultural center today, the work is significant in manifesting the transformative power of light on space and human moods. The series is on view for the first time in Turkey in Ritmo Zeytino, with a version in which lights are installed closer compared to their first exhibit, which offers a more intense experience. Glassworks are on view August 5-21.
Cihan Öncü’s solo exhibition Dreams and Diversions is on view August 26-September 4, as part of Dirimart X Ritmo Zeytino collaboration. Öncü’s photography is a reflection of his inner world and is marked by a plain visual aesthetic; objects of daily use play the leading role in his images. Conveying a sense of intimacy, these scenes enable us to have a glimpse at our inner worlds. These are compositions constructed on dynamic relations and on harmony among its many elements. Almost all his shots, bearing a unique color palette, point to a moment of halt which invites the viewer to feel the sound and odour. This invitation, while giving a space to the viewer’s imagination, maintains their attention. In Öncü’s works, the communication and harmony among objects and with people who are in interaction with them, fill the compositions with dynamism. As much as these shots are dynamic, joyful and playful, they also refer to a vulnerable world. Graduated from Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Elementary Education in 2010, Öncü has been working on his photography series since 2017.
Last of Ritmo Zeytino x Dirimart projects, Güçlü Öztekin’s solo exhibition ESKALATLANTIK is on view in 9-18 September. The exhibition gathers a selection of the artist’s works of last decade. Reflecting Öztekin’s compositions from different periods and diversity of materials he uses in his works, the exhibition presents his big-size coloured compositions on craft paper, a distinct feature of his art, as well as a selection from his portrait series. Also, his small-sized works with which he incorporates his recent dark coloured dynamic works, recycled materials such as styrofoam, carton boxes, and plastic, to the realm of painting, are meeting with the viewer.