6 Mayıs 2014

PI ART WORKS London – VOLKAN ASLAN – A Day Not Yet Lived


A Day Not Lives, installation view


A Day Not Yet Lived

6 June – 5 July, 2014

press release

A Day Not Yet Lived, 6 June – 5 July 2014, is Istanbul based Turkish artist Volkan Aslan's
inaugural solo exhibition at Pi Artworks, London and first major show in the UK.
For the exhibition, the artist will transform the gallery with an ambitious, site-specific installation that
will act as an unconventional platform for his well-known broken figurine series.

Time is a trajectory segmented into regular, repeatable, and measurable units
 - seconds, minutes, hours, and days, yet our perception of its passage is far less simple
 and linear due to the act of remembering and forgetting.
Aslan’s recent practice is influenced by the artist’s memories
and the malleability of our perception of the passing of time.
These memories, half remembered half forgotten, draw him to certain items
he comes across on his day-to-day business that remind him of past experiences.
These found objects are then playfully manipulated to form surreal constructions
 that fuse his personal associations with new and unexpected interpretations.

The Fragile series of work from this exhibition is inspired by nostalgia for the artist’s childhood.
A key memory of this period was visiting the houses of friends and relatives
and seeing decorative ceramic statuettes in prominent glass display cabinets,
but not being allowed to play with them.
As a young adult he began collecting ornaments reminiscent of those from his childhood,
but it was not long before these delicate,
mass produced items got cracked and broken as he moved from one house to another,
leading to the urge to glue one broken part onto that of another.
Gradually this process of breaking and mending transformed from a weekend activity
 with little aspiration of being a serious creative process into an obsessive creative template.

Aslan uses this procedural template of repeatedly shattering these ornaments,
compiling the broken pieces, and then amalgamating them
as the mechanism for the creation of a series of nameless,
hybrid configurations with jarring characteristics.
Within this approach, the traditional planning and blueprints
that characterizes most approaches to art making
don’t exist and the act of conception and production take place simultaneously
 in single, destructive acts.
There is also something very endearing in his deliberate rejection of the constraints
 that stopped him from playing with the figurines as a child.

For A Day Not Yet Lived, the artist has produced creatures
that appear to be straight out of folk legends or mythology,
yet backstories or scripted journey for these figures don’t actually exist
and Aslan deliberately leaves the viewer to shape the character’s stories.

About Volkan Aslan:

Solo exhibitions in Istanbul include Don’t Forget to Remember at Arter – Space for Art (2013);
Volkan at Macka Art Gallery (2011); Unstable Repetition at Pi Artworks (2011);
and Volkan Aslan in Istanbul at Under Construction (2007).
Group exhibitions have taken place as far and wide as Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon, the UAE,
USA, Italy, Germany, France and Brazil and his work was included in the 2013 Istanbul Biennial.
Aslan’s work is included in a number of Turkish collections,
 including the Özyeğin University collection and
Arter – Space for Art, an initiative of The Vehbi Koç Foundation.
Aslan is also co-founder of 5533, a non-profit independent art space in Unkapanı, Istanbul.


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