Mythos and Utopia 

 February 28th – April 22nd, 2017

Zilberman Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey

 

The title of the exhibition is derived from the description of Istanbul in Ekrem Işın’s book titled Everyday Life in Istanbul. Following Cabinet of Curiosities in 2011 and A Carriage Affair in 2014, Mythos and Utopia is the last chapter in the exhibition series that the artist has realized with Zilberman Gallery. In this chapter she looks back at the city’s history as well as that of ceramic materials and blends memory and material to construct a new scenery. Now settled in İstanbul after having lived in Ankara and New York, the artist brings together the pieces of the past eons of a city caught between “mythos of the East and the utopia of the West”.

 

Bingöl’s interest and research on history began with the novel A Carrige Affair by Recaizade Mahmut Ekrem, after which her 2014 exhibition was titled. This interest outlines the characteristics of Mythos and Utopia. The artist traces the city and its creative history in order to construct alternative ways of relating herself through re-thinking form and tradition.

After pushing the meaning of “making ceramics” with the work Cruise, a ceramic copy of a life-size truck, Bingöl is

now focusing on the idea of “not making ceramics” but re-thinking what had been made in the region previously. She appropriates fragments and forms that have strong local connotations of tradition and material, and translates them into a web of interactions, a repertoire of forms, and images.

Mythos and Utopia deconstructs the existing relationships and associations built around the city and the materials. It creates an experimental scenery in which decorative fragments, objects and time overlap and become interlaced. Through repetition and time, image and object begin to reflect one another. While a site-specific clay application from an Iznik tile panel from the Topkapi Palace comes apart and is resurrected on the walls of the gallery, traditional ceramic forms suggest and adopt new forms –and non-forms– to create a unique diorama.

Mythos and Utopia traces a cultural heritage. By following the relics, it searches for a way to meet the self. It scrutinizes form and image by zooming in to the very essence of its components to create an integrated whole.   

Fragments III
Fragments III

2017, ceramics, 12x12x21 cm

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If the Word Must Represent the Thing
If the Word Must Represent the Thing

2017, installation; dried rose, clay, ceramics, archival digital print

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Ground Memory
Ground Memory

2016, video, 2'35", Ed. 5+2 A.P.

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Ground Memory
Ground Memory

2016, ceramics, 54x42x7 cm

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Mini Reform
Mini Reform

2017, ceramics, 15x13x21 cm

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Rooted
Rooted

2017, ceramics, 30x28x39 cm

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Rooted (detail)
Rooted (detail)

2017, ceramics, 30x28x39 cm

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Re-collection (detail)
Re-collection (detail)

2016, ceramics, 5 pieces, 55x8x31.5 cm

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Re-collection (detail)
Re-collection (detail)

2016, ceramics, 5 pieces, 55x8x31.5 cm

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Re-collection (detail)
Re-collection (detail)

2016, ceramics, 5 pieces, 55x8x31.5 cm

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Re-collection (detail)
Re-collection (detail)

2016, ceramics, 5 pieces, 55x8x31.5 cm

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Falling Into I
Falling Into I

2017, ceramics, metal, 25x85x78 cm

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Other Half
Other Half

2017, ceramics, 19x11x7 cm - 19x11x5 cm

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Fragments II
Fragments II

2016, glaze glass, 50x35x17 cm

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Hasbahçe
Hasbahçe

2017, site-specific installation; dried flowers, clay, metal

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Settling Deep Within
Settling Deep Within

2016, ceramics, 30x30x9 cm

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BB_103(detail)
BB_103(detail)
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Installation view
Installation view

Mythos and Utopia, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul 2017

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