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Ahmet Güneştekin

Blue Legend

5 June – 31 August 2017

Rosenhang Museum, Ahäuser Weg 8-10, Weilburg, Germany

 

Represented by Galerie Michael Schultz

Grand Opening 3 – 4 June 2017

Visiting Hours Monday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

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Blue Legend by Ahmet Güneştekin

 

Rosenhang Museum will host the exhibition Blue Legend by Turkish artist of Kurdish origin Ahmet Güneştekin in Weilburg.

 

Blue Legend, coincidental with the museum’s grand opening celebration on June 3 and 4, consists of diverse mediums from the artist’s interventions into the patchwork quilts to his hybrid use of metal and mirrors in wall reliefs and optic paintings. Represented by Galerie Michael Schultz, the exhibition will continue through August 31st.

 

Rosenhang Museum, an art museum created in the extraordinary surroundings of a former brewery site, in Weilburg an der Lahn, permanently displays works by Gerhard Richter, Stephan Balkenhol, Elvira Bach, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Jörg Immendorff, Günther Uecker, Otto Piene and Heinz Mack. The museum will acquire a selection of Güneştekin’s iconic works on display to its permanent collection.

 

Blue Legend manifests Güneştekin’s talent in a variety of mediums, from optic and dimensional paintings and patchwork quilts to his most recent forays in sculpture, and shows the way he imagines ancient elements of mythologies and religions in an acutely intricate and bright context.

 

Affected by the oral culture of Yezidis, the Kurdish-speaking religious minority, Güneştekin’s understanding of symbolism in his paintings and patchworks manifest itself as to integrate motifs from different epochs in its history into a complex whole, as is typical of oral traditions in general. The oral stories which differ not only from narrator to narrator but also between the performances of the same narrator, new elements are constantly being introduced. Such a variability and creativity inevitably means that the content of oral tradition is open to change. Thus, the elements inherent in the oral culture not only make Güneştekin’s works unconventional but open to interpret. While one oral tradition may easily borrow from another one, it is equally possible that an oral tradition borrows from a literate one, and quite likely from another medium. This way of thinking allows Güneştekin use diverse and hybrid methods in his works.

 

Combining mixed media items like concave mirrors and metal cages with optical illusions and color gradients, Güneştekin is able to enclose energy into his art, which is equally effective in the multiplicity of material executions. It shows itself before it is intelligibly comprehended. Its direction of action is consciously designed, although he shows no inclination to address clear contents to the audience. Instead, he seems to be interested in preserving his presence what is left unsaid. The basis for this is his special pictorial-artistic statement, with which he conveys the peculiarities as well as myths and modernity of his culture.

 

Güneştekin’s sense of light and color radiates throughout his objects, and it is probably what strikes the eye at first, sometimes making it challenging for the uninitiated to move beyond this luminosity to see the various levels of drawing, figuration, and abstraction that inhabit his objects. If one is to fully absorb the totality of the works in question, especially patchworks in Blue Legend, there is a density to his imagery that requires frequent re-engagement.

 

By inventing his patterns from his lexicon of themes from ancient mythologies, Güneştekin brings into an unprecedented approach to the art of patchwork. His method of quilting suggests that in form and composition, they are similar; in the material-specific implementation, they differ, of course. It is interesting that in painting the microstructural aspects of textiles, find their resonance, and in the textiles the same level of magic and secrecy as in painting can be seen.

 

Güneştekin does not only superimpose his patterns and themes into the traditionally sewed quilts but he also intervenes in an extent to reveal the presence of his quality constructing his own voice. They are quilts whose motifs are not very realistic but full of symbolism. The fullness of creative potential, for Güneştekin, lies in breaking loose from geometry, in free variations of colors, forms, materials and creative techniques. For him, only along this path could the patchwork quilts become the mirror of the present that provided its inspiration.

 

In Blue Legend, the artist’s works make the viewer be aware of the convergence of the modern and the tradition and suggest a dialogue between the unchanging and the new. The exhibition will be open to visit from June 5th to August 31st at Rosenhang Museum.

 

 

For press inquiries please contact

Nilgün Özten / Güneştekin Art Studio

nilgun.ozten@gsmsanat.com  +90 549 520 73 93

 


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