RUMEYSA – Artist Ahmet Duru maps the landscape in first solo show

Artist Ahmet Duru maps the landscape in first solo showLandscapes and still lifes mimic real life from a contemporary digital perspective in Turkish artist Ahmet Duru’s first solo show, on display until Saturday at the Daire Gallery in Istanbul.Curated by Marcus Graf and titled “Somewhere Around Here,” Duru’s collection is made up of drawings, oil paintings in various sizes and a video work.Taking the aspects of technology that have allowed us to render and interpret data into consideration, Duru approaches the landscapes or still lifes as if they are not first-hand knowledge but pieces of information presented via some other medium than the spectator’s own eyes.One can say that there is a realist touch in the works. While choosing mostly black and white representation, the artist takes this realism to another level, where the image is transmitted through another medium, like a computer, surveillance camera or a satellite. In that sense, his bird’s eye view series brings another level to the landscape painting by adopting them in their relation to the contemporary techniques of mapping. At the same time, in these landscape paintings in which one cannot easily recognize the real landscapes since they are turned into vague lines and fields as if it is an out of focus image taken by a camera, Duru invites the audience to an awareness that also points to environmental concerns.The work that gives the exhibition its title, “Somewhere Around Here,” is a charcoal on paper, which can be seen as a realist representation of a close-up image of a field. This work, together with other charcoal on paper works, such as “Earth” and “Transformation,” gives the impression of zooming in on a satellite image. By that, Duru refers to the digital image, although he captures something directly related to nature. He seems to be dividing the field into parcels of land and looking at different parts of it through different scale lenses. In that sense, he develops his very own way of mapping the landscape.Refining images with the digital image in mind, the works set off from looking at nature and at some point arrive at works which mimic flickering TV screens. In his work titled “Cosmic Resonance” he simply depicts three TV screens slightly different to each other with only black and white pixels.The only video work in the exhibition perfectly accompanies this work with a small flickering screen and the sound of the universe mixed with TV buzzing noise.While focusing on the already-transmitted image of landscapes, in one of the few colored oil paintings in the exhibition titled “Evanescence,” Duru stays more loyal to the classical still life technique while still only focusing the image in a very micro-scale. He paints decaying fruits that are lost in wild grass, as if this is a less significant part of a bigger picture. In his other colored work, which is a very small aquarelle on paper titled “Cosmic Explosion,” he takes viewers to the very beginning, when everything was “a whole.”Overall in his works, Duru presents the viewer with fragments that are pieces of a greater existence that connects people to the world they live in and to the universe. His sensitivity toward neglected landscapes, ignored spots of nature or things like flickering TV screens one never wants to watch, come together in a beautifully planned wholeness. Each work featured in the show connects to something bigger, not necessarily in the sense of size but existence and experience.Macro-scale vague landscape paintings are juxtaposed with very detailed micro-scale still life. Both his meticulously worked details in his charcoal drawings and the ambiguously drawn lines in bird’s eye views constitute an effort to understand the landscapes surrounding us, while also pointing to how these images are transmitted to the spectator. He seems to be saying that there are clues hidden “somewhere around here” and urges us to take a better look, watching very closely like an insect would do, or seeing from very far like a bird.Daire Gallery is located at No: 76A, BoIazkesen Caddesi in Tophane. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.“Cosmic Explosion”“Somewhere around her

SOURCE: Todays Zaman