This catalogue was printed for the exhibition titled Hot Spot Istanbul held at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich on June 6–September 22, 2013 by Kehrer Verlag. Accompanying this exhibition that looks into the nuances between abstraction, reduction, minimal art, conceptual art and object art, the catalogue features a presentation by the curator Dorothea Strauss and a text by Thomas Wulffen in German and English.
Over the past ten years or so, Ebru Uygun has developed a complex way of handling the medium of painting, which constitutes a link between the act of painting on canvas, its deconstruction thereof, and subsequent synthesis: Uygun tears several previously painted canvases into strips, a process which is physically quite strenuous and collages these strips in a new sequence on another canvas. This process of fragmentation and synthesis gives rise to abstract constellations, the components of which hint at a possible, former whole, which nevertheless remains intangible. She causes a new image to emerge, in which everything that essentially constitutes painting is put under scrutiny: the image ground, the colors, the forms, and the image space which painting can thus create –be it representational, abstract or concrete.
Text: Thomas Wulffen, Dorothea Strauss
Editor: Dorothea Strauss, Evelyne Bucher
Translation: Simon Thomas
Proofreading: Britta Schröder
Photographs: Hadiye Cankökçe, Hüseyin Atiş, Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu
Design: Markus Bosshard, Gabriela König, WBG
2013, Berlin, Kehrer Verlag
120 pages | Four Color, Illustrated, Hardcover