Özcan Kaplan: Chats with Mouth Shut…


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This catalogue was published for the exhibition titled Chats with Mouths Shut… by Özcan Kaplan held at the Dirimart Nişantaşı on November 8–December 11, 2016. The catalogue presenting Kaplan’s works from the last five years features two texts; one by Rudolf Schmitz, the other by Necmi Zekâ.
Özcan Kaplan’s paintings reach unknown realms through the use of the apparent. The depth of Kaplan’s works is correlated with the phases of the production process. It is possible to see countless layers on the canvas, where restarting with the quest to find the unexperimented self-questioning and coincidences meet with colors. The search for freedom, thrusted by lines, color successions and brush strokes, ends at a point when nothing else can be added or changed anymore. Kaplan, who brings his life story to the core of his artistic practice, completely alters the timeline perceived by the viewer. According to the artist, his works “…focus on the act of painting itself. They can be defined in terms of timing and some sort of a stratification. This way, the paintings turn into a symbol of a meta-reality. At the basis of this lays existence and being a human. Producing art is a way of seduction, after all.”

English, Turkish
Text: Rudolf Schmitz, Necmi Zekâ
Translation: İnci Uysal, Jeremy Gaines, Will Wasburn
Proofreading: Levent Özmen
Photographs: Martin Url, Işık Kaya
Design: Atelier Neşe Nogay
2016, Istanbul, Dirimart
80 pages | Four Color, Illustrated, Hardcover
Barcode: 9786055815417

Additional information

Weight 0.92 kg
Dimensions 33.7 × 23 cm

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