Artwork of the Week
Alper Aydın's "Noah" is one of the works that marked the Mardin Biennial in 2022. In an interview, the artist explains the personal story of his work "Noah"; the work, which was initially exhibited anonymously, got its current name when the viewers who saw the ship said, "This is Noah". Inspired by the works of artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo, Aydın made a detailed engineering sketch of the work and then he implemented the idea of using the chestnut tree and the leaves of the tree for the construction of the ship while ensuring that the effect of the wind roses moves the ship exactly as he had in mind and completed the work in 2013. In 2022, the work was included in the Selman Bilal Collection and is on display at the collector's B3 House in Istanbul.
News of the Week
The second edition of the CI Bloom art fair, organized by Contemporary Istanbul, will take place at the Rumeli Hall of Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center between May 31 and June 4. Bringing together Turkey's new generation of artists and art professionals, CI Bloom aims to encourage the development and diversification of Turkey's art sector by featuring participating galleries invited by the fair's selection committee, as well as special projects and initiatives. To reflect the current impact of contemporary art in Turkey, a special tour program will bring together representatives, directors and supporters of foreign press and international museums. CI Bloom selection committee members include Hazer Özil (Dirimart), Moiz Zilberman (Zilberman Gallery), Oktay Duran (Art On Istanbul) and Tankut Aykut (Öktem Aykut).
Artist of the Week
Born in 1989 in Ordu, Alper Aydın graduated from the Ordu Fine Arts High School followed by the Ankara Gazi University Sculpture Department. In 2010, he studied sculpture, video and performance in Italy with the Erasmus program. In 2019, he completed his PhD at the Hacettepe University, Department of Sculpture with his thesis titled Body as Performance and the Dialogue of Nature. Aydın, who produces using multiple practices such as sculpture, installation, performance, architecture and video, strives to address the human existence in nature in every sense by allowing the space to direct its own energy in the artistic production process. Aydın was selected as one of the 13 most important artists of Turkey in the Full art prize competition in 2012, and has his works included in many institutional and private collections.