Cevdet Erek

Style of Art : Artist / contemporary artist
Branch of Art : Video, sound and image (sound design)
Art Profile :

Cevdet Erek was born in Istanbul in 1974. He studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts between 1992 and 1999. While practicing as an architect and performing with the Istanbul avant-garde rock group Necropsy, Erek received his master’s degree in sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studied in Music (MIAM) of Istanbul Technical University in 2003. He completed his doctoral degree at his alma mater. During 2005 and 2006, he studied at the Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Erek has received several prizes such as Garantibank Award (2005) and the Uriot Prize, Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2006). Erek’s work is characterized by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. He combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. He manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses, thereby leveling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres. Erek has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. In 2008, he published his book, SSS-Theme and variations for carpet (Istanbul: BAS Artist Books, 2008). Currently, he lives and works in Istanbul.

Solo exhibitions:
2014, "Re," Mor – Charpentier, Paris
2014, "Alt/Üst," Spike Island, Bristol
2013, "Pattern Anti Pattern" at "Artistic Dialogues" with Slavs and Tatars, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
2012, "Week" (solo), Kunsthalle Basel
2011, Overgaden, Copenhagen, duo show with Ahmet Öğüt " … "
2009, “Avluda”, “Avluda 2’ & SSS”, 300 m3, Göteborg
2009, “On the day i fix a turbine to my belly”, Lokaal 01, Antwerp
2007, Galerie Alıncı, Amsterdam

Selected group exhibitions:
2016, Jameel Prize 4, Pera Museum  Istanbul
2016, "…und eine welt noch," Kunsthaus Hamburg  Hamburg
2016, "Don’t Be Late Home," Istanbul Modern  Istanbul
2016, 20th Biennial of Sydney Sydney
2016, "What The Tortoise Murmurs To Achilles," Savvy Contemporary  Berlin
2016, >LAND OHNE LAND< , Heidelberger Kunstverein  Heidelberg
2016, "Istanbul: Passion, Joy," Fury Maxxi, Rome, Italy
2016, "Es War Einmal Ein Land / Once There Was A Country," Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
2015, "Bir Ritim Mekanı – Otopark / A Room of Rhythms – Otopark," 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2015, "Room of Rhythms – Theater," 124,908, Tiflis
2015, "Concrete," Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center, Istanbul
2015, "Sanatçı ve Zamanı / Artists in Their Time," Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2015, "It Might Be Possible that the World Itself Is Without Meaning," Stadtkuratorin Hamburg, Hamburg
2015, "Her tercih diğer ihtimaller için bir dışlamadır / Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities," SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul
2015, "White Noise," Kunsthaus Glarus, Im Volksgarten, Switzerland
2015, "Kapadokya Çarpması," Cappadox, Nevşehir
2015, "Ortak Zemin: Su / Common Ground: Water," Borusan Comtemporary, Istanbul
2015, "Days push off into nights," Spring Workshops, Hong Kong
2015, "Faça, Akıncı," Amsterdam
2014, "Jerusalem Show VII," Jerusalem
2014, "The Space Between," Athens
2014, "Open Museum, Open City," MAXXI, Roma
2014, Wentrup, Berlin
2014, "Plurivocality," Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2014, "The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else," Witte de With, Rotterdam
2014, "Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals," Maraya Art Center, Sharjah
2014, Marrakech Biennale 5, Marrakech
2014, "Neighbours," Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
2014, "Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence," 5th International Festival of Contemporary Art, Algiers
2013, "Kirli Çıkı," BantMag, Istanbul
2013, "Fünfuhrtee in Kiribati," KulturBahnhof, Kassel
2013, "Büroarbeit," Years, Copenhagen
2013, "Momentum – As art has to happen now," Rewire Festival, The Hague
2013, "Signs Taken in Wonder," Kunstverein Hannover
2013, "A History of Inspiration," Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013, "Momentum," Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art 7, Moss
2013, "Silent Space Stand Still," Tsizdaraki Mosque/Museum of Greek Folk Art, Athens
2013, "Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography," Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah
2013, "Of Parameters – Measurable Truths Definitive Outcome," Tenderpixel, London
2013, "Signs Taken in Wonder," MAK, Vienna
2012, "When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes," Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
2013, 7th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7), Brisbane
2013, "Deniz artık uyanıyor / Now wakes the sea," Siemens Sanat, Istanbul
2012, "Time & Again," Akinci, Amsterdam
2012, "Reflecting on Reflection," Gallery Mana, Istanbul
2012, "In what language shall I tell you my story," Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
2012, "Round Table," Gwangju Biennial, supporting Ala Younis with a group of artists
2012, "Uncertain Triolectics," Skånes konstförening, Malmö
2012, "When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes," CCA Wattis, San Franisco
2012, dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel
2012, "Dimensions Variables I," Institut D’Art Contemporain, Villeurbane/Rhone-Alpes
2012, "Undetectable," LaMama LaGalleria, NY
2012, "Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence," Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait, Kuwait City
2012, "TBA21 Sound Space," ZKM, Karlsruhe
2012, "Turkish Art New and Superb," Tanas, Berlin
2012, "Cross Time Stories," Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery – Columbia University, NY
2012, "Ungovernables – 2012 New Museum Triennial," with Ala Younis and groupNew Museum, NY
2012, "Istanbul Eindhoven-SALTVanAbbe," SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul

Reference: cevdeterek.com, v2.nl, ifa.de, opymoscollection.com, cevdeterek.wordpress.com, e-flux, saloniksv.com, Unleashed Contemporary Art from Turkey, (ed. Hossein Amirsadeghi, London: TransGlobe Publishing, 2010), p. 136-137.

Web Site : http://cevdeterek.com
Email : cevdeterek@yahoo.com
City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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