Kipat is a rearrangement of the letters of the Turkish word kitap, which means book. It doesn’t have a meaning of its own. This artist book was published in conjunction with the exhibition titled Topsy-Turvy! Selpakla Gorili Bitirdim! by Güçlü Öztekin held at the Dirimart Dolapdere on December 18, 2017–January 21, 2018. Nearly all works that came out of Öztekin’s studio during the eight-year period, from 2009 until 2017, are coming together in Kipat. Öztekin is an artist working without pause; he conceives and prepares his exhibitions together with the site, avoids interventions such as explanations to make his works “understood.” With a similar approach, this book, like his exhibitions and his notebooks—that are indispensable to him—doesn’t let any word come between the reader/viewer and his work. When you quickly leaf through the pages of the book, you may have a feeling that you are seeing characters, scenes from cartoons or fantastic movies. Daily objects, for instance a roll of toilet paper, a face, a momentary light, an ordinary moment in the course of life, a feeling may be the subject of a piece.
Based on the notion of simplicity frequently emphasized by Öztekin, all of the works selected for the book are laid out without any hierarchy or any sequence. Kipat, true to its name, is a suggestion of the order as well as confusion in which all of his works can be seen: upside down but also as they are. Every single copy of the book is sequenced differently and numbered by the artist. This book takes the reader/viewer to a simultaneous journey into the fantastic world of kaplankadilak, the alter ego of Öztekin and to the daily life of Güçlü Öztekin as an artist. A conversation on painting, working and their relationship with ordinary things accompanies this journey, during which they sometimes agree, sometimes argue.
Preparation to Publication: Ceren Erdem, Levent Özmen
Text: Güçlü Öztekin
Translation: Çiçek Öztek
Proofreading: Ceren Erdem, Çiçek Öztek
Photographs: Chroma, Işık Kaya, Angelika Krinzinger, Barış Özçetin
Book Concept and Design: Ulaş Uğur
2017, Istanbul, Dirimart
316 pages | Four Color, Illustrated, Hardcover