Icons of Thinking: Images and Texts
Evliyagil Museum is now preparing the exhibition “Icons of Thinking: Images and Texts”, curated by Beral Madra. The exhibition brings 23 artists, all from the Evliyagil Museum Collection, and invites viewers to think about these artworks together with matching texts. “Icons of Thinking: Images and Texts” can be seen between 17.03.2018-30.12.2018 at Evliyagil Museum.
The exhibition brings together works of Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Ferruh Başağa, Selim Turan, Nejad Devrim, Mübin Orhon, Yüksel Arslan, Burhan Doğançay, Seyhun Topuz, Osman Dinç, Kemal Önsoy, Canan Tolon, İnci Eviner, Mithat Şen, Kemal Seyhan, Ekrem Yalçındağ, Günnur Özsoy, Ebru Döşekçi, Nermin Er, Haluk Akakçe, Evren Tekinoktay, Ebru Uygun, Seçkin Pirim and Can Akgümüş.
The production processes of Modernist, Post-Modernist and Relational Aesthetics of Turkey is authentic and unique in terms of its geographical location. The artists who had been producing in the field of Contemporary Art had endured the drastic changes in politics, economics, culture and passed Modernist and Post-Modernist stages to produce paintings, photographs and three-dimensional works.This exhibition, which is designed with the art pieces chosen within Evliyagil Museum Collection and which is aimed to utilize and preserve these productions, is focused on the relation between the act of thinking and art production as the options of defence and resistance against an epistemological crisis.
Artworks that are being considered as “abstract art” is selected within the collection. Texts, which appear in the same size, accompany the artworks. This choice is based on a quotation from Rudolph Arnheim; “Thinking calls for images, and images contain thought. Therefore, the visual arts are a home ground of visual thinking.”
The main connection between these artworks, produced with different views, aims and techniques by artists within the political, economical and social conditions they live in, is the existence of free thought against all the negativities of the system. If the making or art is to be defined as thought process, the transformation of thoughts into production, and finally the visual outcome, then when the artists are asked which one of these processes is more important, the answer should be the though process, which is essential for art’s evolution. The function of the process of thinking determines the attitude of the artist towards present stages of the system. Therefore, the two factors which are important in defining the artwork’s world of visual metaphor, namely, the though process that goes into the making of art, and the artist’s position with regards to this process, are complementary elements.