Empire Project hosts artistic experiments ‘Above the Clavicle’

Distorting the body image using various computer technologies is an often-used method in contemporary art, sometimes to communicate psychological issues in contemporary society, sometimes as a thought experiment about the future of the human form.
An ongoing exhibition by artist Can Pekdemir at The Empire Project art space in Istanbul is a similar example that aims to present an experimental documentation on the transformation of the human body.
Titled and”Above the Clavicle: Works on Bodily Forms I,and” the exhibition is the first part of Pekdemirand’s research on bodily forms focusing on the anatomy of the head and neck.
The artist says he considers the results of his experiments to be and”portraits.and”
and”My studies are focused on reconstructing and deforming bodies by altering the physical conditions in which the entity exists andor treating them as test subjects for virtual experiments,and” Pekdemir explains on his website.
and”The form of the bodies, the organs, the skeletal and the muscular system we and other living forms have in common are in relationship with the environmental conditions by which we are surrounded. We are surrounded by physical impacts to which we have already adapted, like gravity, pressure or temperature. As a method, I am willing to observe and document the deformation of bodily forms while these sources are being altered as one method,and” Pekdemir writes about his technique.
Another method he uses in creating his work is related to and”conditions of physical abnormality,and” the artist explains. What he does is and”observe how the surface anatomy will react, resist and reshape when the inner systems — muscular, skeletal, tissue, etc. — behave differently from the way they are accustomed to,and” he adds.
Pekdemir notes that his work not only documents physical changes but also captures the emotional state of the subjects under various conditions.
and”The deformations undergone by the head are the carnal traits of the head. It is not really a conversation between animal forms, forms of nature and facial forms. These deformations are not aftereffect distortions but are existential, in that they constitute mutations,and” writes Assistant Professor Atif Akin from Rutgers Universityand’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in the catalogue for the exhibition. and”They are speculative biological formations resulting from evolutionary processes.and”
and”Pekdemirand’s techniques, whether generative, procedural or manipulative, all refer to evolution,and” Akin adds.
According to Akin, the artist is a and”sculptor of heads, not faces,and” taking the bodyand’s part above the collarbone as an and”expression of a totality, albeit a ruptured one.and”
and”Above the Clavicle: Works on Bodily Forms Iand” is on display until June 27 at The Empire Project.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman