Portfolyo Series 1:
Şakir Gökçebağ

3 April – 12 May 2013


Marcus Graf
In the Portfolio Series, Plato Sanat reviews and presents important positions within various disciplines and fields of Turkey’s contemporary art scene by organizing solo shows, which give an insight in the formal and conceptual work of exceptional artists in their mid-carriers. This series aims at presenting the beginning, development and current state of outstanding artistic work. It understands itself as a series of exhibitions with a sort of retrospective character.We are happy to present Şakir Gökçebağ as the first artist in the Portfolio Series.

For over twenty years, he developed a strong and stringent work, in which he questions the way we see and understand the world we live in and the objects we live with. His by Ready Made, DADA, Surrealism, Bauhaus and Minimalism influenced work reviews the numerous layers, which form our realities. Serial multiplication, deformation and deconstruction as well as linearity, clarity and simplicity play fundamental roles in his oeuvre, in which a silent poetry prevails. Often, through ready-made kinds of objects and spatial installations, Gökçebağ translocates ordinary everyday objects out of their usual environment into the context of the gallery. There, in the eyes of the spectator, the items gain new, strange, sometimes even absurd forms and meanings, which propose alternative uses, and therefore can also lead to a questioning of their original function and character. Besides object based works, Gökçebağ also produces photo-pieces, which play with the construction of reality and its photographic representation. There, through optical illusions and manipulations, he also reveals the inefficiency of our eyes and perception. Through his deconstruction of everyday objects, Şakir Gökçebağ goes beyond the known in order to reveal its relativity and proposes alternative ways of experiencing life and society. The artist develops his own views on the world instead of repeating any through social, cultural or political regimentation and oppression mediated absolute truth. That is why Gökçebağ’s work questions our perception of the world, and proposes alternative ways of seeing and understanding it. He also reminds us of our responsibility to accept as well as develop multiple and subjective versions of reality, which must go beyond any cliché and against any populist concept of absolute truth.