Artist delves into collective schizophrenia in Zilberman show

izmir-based artist Alpin Arda Baicik previously focused on schizophrenia as a theme in his works.
He now traces the term in collective situations in his recent oil paintings, currently displayed at Galeri Zilberman in Istanbul.
In and”Ambivalence,and” a psychological term used to describe the coexistence of opposite feelings towards a person or situation, Baicik examines the and”thin red lineand” between realityhyper reality and simulation, according to author and art critic Ali Simsek.
Baicik presents a set of black-and-white large-scale works based on images taken from the Internet showing iconic photographs of historic events in the world, such as the atom bomb tests in the Great Basin, the first man to walk on the moon or the end of World War II.
As curator Marcus Graf explains in the showand’s catalogue, the works of Baicik focus on the nature of reality and its interpretation. and”He critically discusses the construction and destruction of reality, as well as [its] manipulation by various institutions. Visual distortion and sabotage is so common today that a whole image industry of lies and falseness is feeding on them. The technical progress is so aanced that the difference between a relatively accurate visual reproduction of reality and an edited one can only be revealed by an expert. That is why [believing] in reality, which is always based on a trust in images, is always dangerous, as no absolute or objective images of the world can exist,and” Graf writes.
For the artist, the interconnection between reality and illusion, out of which we create the ideas about our world, resembles the situation of a schizophrenic patient who cannot understand the difference between reality and fiction and therefore constantly lives in a limbo between the world and his personal illusionary model of it.
Baicik explained in an interview with Graf that when he took on reality as a subject matter, he first approached it through schizophrenia. and”For the last two years, I have tried to define schizophrenia through political issues, to study it as social schizophrenia. It wouldnand’t be hard to study schizophrenia in the society we live in. As the individual is at the heart of all issues, I thought it would only be right to use the individual with all of hisher reality. Therefore, in my research, I concentrated on events that have affected and shaped the entire world as opposed to just where we live in. Naturally, that research resulted in a big image archive. I focused on events whose pure reality we cannot get to due to the speculation around them, and I chose my images accordingly. Iand’m interested in images that carry the irony of being very pretty visually but ugly in subject matter,and” he says.
Since people are akin to a schizophrenic patient in the process of understanding reality, he named his paintings after the psychotic medicine used for the disease.
In addition to oil paintings, Baicik displays a series of seven small drawings that visually look different to the rest of the works but conceptually follow the same thread of the show.
and”The series was drawn over a period of one week and can be understood as an artistic experiment in which Baicik created different versions of the same photo. Although the pictures show a nameless man whose identity is rather unknown, the artist considers the series to be a kind of self-portrait in which he carefully observes his personal situation as represented by an unknown man. This is an unusual and very dramatic way of understanding and showing yourself,and” Graf writes.
and”The dramatic dimension is strengthened by the visual distortion, which destroys parts of the face. Through this destructive act, the figure becomes anonymous. Now it can function as the carrier for all of us, so that we can become one with the figure,and” he adds.
and”Ambivalenceand” is on display until June 27 at Galeri Zilberman in Beyoilu. For further information, visit

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman