EXHIBITION: 06.04.2016 – 12.05.2016
Artists: Andrea Facco, Burak Dikilitaş, Buşra Tunç, Cansu Çakar, Emin Mete Erdoğan, John von Bergen, Marco Di Giovanni, Sadık Arı
“Tiny details imperceptible to us decide everything.”
― W.G. Sebald, Vertigo
“Detail” exhibition is an investigation of eight artists with different standpoints, who approach details that we miss out on, overlook, ignore, and think we can’t perceive. The artists, that can further regard the detail as a technique, aim to close the contemporary gap between the piece of art and the viewer by creating works that invite the viewer beyond the visible. The exhibition focuses on the way in which these eight artists that use different techniques examine the details they incorporate to their works, while concurrently centering on the process of production. Thus, artists’ own commentaries on the “detail” outlines the exhibition itself.
Detail makes a mental map and a ruler necessary. Exactly like a Hubble deep space photograph, in which several thousand galaxies are displayed through a gap smaller than hundred meters to sixty-five millimeters…
‘Detail’ has no scale. The distance between the observer and the observed changes the meaning of the detail and urges it to be questioned. What can be viewed through a microscope and a telescope both define the detail. In the macro-scale, satellite images transform scenes on earth into details; perception-wise, micro/macro world is read from the same standpoint. Can the meaning of the detail be defined through a relationship of near and far? Can the relationship the viewer established with the image through distance be questioned?
To discard the whole in order to display a detail deemed unimportant, or to burn the house to reveal the mouse, might be the guide in establishing the essence meaningful. Each detail is valuable, for in practice they present the unlimited number of reproduction of the whole.
A time when everything starts again… What would a world shaped by a mind that solved the theory of everything be like? In which the relationship between the smallest and the biggest is configured…
Emin Mete Erdoğan
They say, “The devil is in the details,” which ultimately means that even the grandest project depends on the success of the smallest components. I see the details in all artworks as the fine-tuning of an artist’s signature, allowing one’s focus to shift for just a second, and letting some new experience reach the “meta” level.
John von Bergen
A detail of something is something else, always, no matter what is the dimension; if you go deeper and deeper discovering the detail of the detail of the detail, until you reach the basic bricks of matter, a bigger world compared to the one you’re living in will open its doors. And there will be other physical laws governing interactions in itself.
Marco Di Giovanni & Andrea Facco
Regardless of the subject, I enjoy creating a bond with nature in my works. Since nature itself is highly complicated, it reflects on the work as details. Instead of imitating nature, I try to understand and process as nature; in nature I find details that are asymmetrical and irreproducible, flawed but evolving into flawless. Trying to merge with this transforms the creation process into a meditation.
With this exhibition, we aim to investigate invisible borders, new spaces created by recognizing details, what is created in refraction points, the eyeball of Francis Bacon, what dust collects within, the depth of space, and all the intertwined details, that would otherwise be unnoticed without the time and the care given to observe.
During April, BLOK art space will be hosting a series of discussions on the “Detail” techniques and subjects with the artists’ attendance. The exhibition welcomes all guests between April 6th and May 12th, 2016.