Statement

 

Ahmet Çerkez was born in Sopot, Bulgaria in 1976. He graduated from the Department of Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Marmara University. He pursues his artistic work in Istanbul.

 

In his works, the artist primarily focuses on the extensive space that human beings inhabit in time due to their greed and self-centredness, despite their relatively short existence in time, and on the pain and tragedy that this paradox engenders. The artist expresses the spiritual pain that human beings suffer in a simplistic manner using a color palette - reminiscing nature while bringing traces of the past - applied on a rather raw canvas with a poetic and sorrowful style. He unveils the traces of time from the perspective of the life-death dichotomy through his semi-geometric  abstract compositions. The artist transforms the traces of the process using his own peculiar technique of transferring  dead nature imagery collages combined with dry flower petals , rust stains, diluted paint and pencil lines onto the canvas. 

 

Revolving around the process of immigration, finalizing life in a certain region, and reconstructing it in a new land, the artist’s latest series of works  in his first solo exhibition  “Stateless Maps” portray the traces left by people throughout time and across the world, using a poetical language, and making minimal intervention to the picture surface.

b.1976 / Sopot, Bulgaria

Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Education

2003 Marmara Fine Arts University, Painting Department, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Solo Exhibition

2021 Settling In Earth, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2018 Stateless Map, Art On İstanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Group Exhibitions

2020 Spinning A Cocoon, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2020 Eternal Summer, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2020 Lightness of the Material, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2019 Constructing a Sentence, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2018 99 Square, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2018 No Story, Art On İstanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Crossroads V, Art On İstanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Places That Have Never Been Yours, Ark Kültür, Istanbul, Turkey 

2016 Crossroads IV, Art On İstanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2015  Heavy Burden, Art On İstanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2015 Manzara/Landscape/Paysage, 44A Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2014 Nazım’a Armağan, Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Gitme Turnam, Işık Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Metabolite Ahmet Çerkez – Erman Özbaşaran, 44A Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2003 The New Recommendations-New Propositions, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Art Fair Participation

2020 Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2019 Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2018 Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2016 Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey