Sevket Sonmez debuts his new solo exhibition with the ‘La-Vi-Da Lavida Fake’ implementing a wide range of elements in his conceptual framework and artistic technique. While wandering among calligraphy, storytelling and the images of popular and official culture, he carries his dynamic style of painting to an extreme point from classical pentur extending to the wall aesthetics.
‘Lavidafake’ can be seen as the ‘code’ that marks Sevket Sonmez’s latest exhibition. Although the phonetic ‘tone’ game seen in this exhibition was originally designed to enhance the process of creation displayed in these works, it touches the concepts that makes up the main body of the exhibition.
Despite all the weight of the philosophical ‘tin’, in this exhibition it comes across as childish font-image. In all of the artists’ works the ‘tin’ is half-hidden.
The artist re- narrates Alexandre Dumas’s Black Tulip story by applying 20th century adaptations to create an up-to-date fantasy. Sonmez draws attention to tense relationship of fake and original. What if the symbol of the righteous act of the Black Tulip’s blossom turns into a plastic flower that is being produced in millions today? What does it lead to when there is a qualification conflict between the representation and the thing itself? Can ‘good’ and ‘beautiful’, ‘ugly’ and ‘bad’ be represented? Can the original exist without the ‘fake’? Can earth survive without the ‘moon’? Do you have a secret agreement between the heroes and victims? At which point does the world of image turn into‘writing’, one of humanities biggest technological invention? Which state of representation is ‘FAKE’?
According to the artist, childish realism is a key method for understanding life. A person gains and losses in the process of learning. Each new knowledge is the end of the situation experienced before.
While singing as she skips through the wood, she comes across the wolf dressed as a ‘fake’ grandmother. An image depicting life itself today.
Sevket Sönmez’s second solo exhibition in Merkur can be seen between 28th October- 20th November 2013.
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