NON is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Meriç Algün Ringborg in the brand new space of the gallery. The exhibition The Apparent Author has a distinct reference, The Oxford English Dictionary and its exemplifying sentences. For instance, the word ‘disjointed’ is exemplified with; piecing together disjointed fragments of information, whilst the word ‘such’ is illustrated with; the linking of sentences such that they constitute a narrative.For this exhibition Algün Ringborg has constructed a new series of works each of which explore the act of making and creating through this particular constraint. It is an exploration into the possibilities of making sense between the lines of the already written, examining also what type of sense that is.
The whole exhibition is constructed through a set of instructive sentences found in the dictionary. Amongst other works there is an audio narrative, two videos and a manuscript for a novel – all characterizing the idea of an author and constructed using the same methodology.
The thirteen minute long audio narrative, titled Metatext, is compiled of exemplifying sentences concerning the act of writing and artistic making. It is a self-reflexive narrative by the apparent author who is simultaneously guided by what the sentences say and what occurs in between the lines, making the story meander, pushing and pulling, eventually turning in on itself. With this work, the entire space is surrounded by the voice of the apparent author, going on and on about her route to writing and her potential artistic ambitions, all whilst in reality nothing has been written at all.
The two silent videos focused on hands performing meaningless tasks, one of which is to tie a decorative knot, the other to perform a trick with a pen. It is a question of doing something without an obvious goal, endlessly. The knot is known as the Eternity Knot whilst the pen trick is called the Infinity Trick, and both pieces bring up a notion of purposelessness, as a decorative knot serves no use as a knot and a pen trick is an act performed in the interim of writing.
The manuscript titled A Work of Fiction (Manuscript), makes use of the same methodology of assembling sentences into a meaningful narrative but follows the lines of a more generic romance, thriller, mystery novel. It is a story following the characters Mark, Maria and Peter whose relations evolve into drama, unfaithfulness and murder. The constrained writing technique creates a story guided by circumstance and subjective construct, yet at times it could be mistaken for a story written unrestricted.
Meriç Algün Ringborg (b.1983, Istanbul) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University, Istanbul in 2007 and her MFA from Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm in 2012. In her work, she employs a variety of media including printed matter, photography, sound and installation; mainly focusing on the themes of nationality, borders, translation, bureaucracy and home. Forthcoming and recent exhibition venues include Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Kunstverein Hannover (2013); Marabouparken, Stockholm (2013); MoCA, Detroit (2013); MAK, Vienna (2013); CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2012); Malmö Konsthall (2012) and she has participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). Solo presentations include “A Work of Fiction”, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2013); “The Library of Unborrowed Books”, Art in General, New York (2013); “A Hook or a Tail”, Frutta, Rome (2013); “Line No.2 (Holy Bible)”, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2012) and “Becoming European”, Meessen De Clerq, Brussels (2012).