Dictinarium / Kemal Tufan
April 4 – 30 2015
Pg Art Gallery is pleased to present the solo show of Kemal Tufan ‘Dictionarium’ which encompasses his pen-formed sculptures. ‘Dictionarium’ will be on view from April 4 through April 30, 2015.
The artist will present his cage like sculptures, which are not only surrounding space but also utilizing the interior of it, in a new context.
In his new show Tufan, who exploits the structural features of literature and sculpture for a long time, constructs a new top layer using the language itself as a signifier. The artist, instead of using metaphor per se as a way of expression, deconstructs the components of this very method and rearranges the familiar positions of its parts and by doing so creates a new and a unique form. So, these works that are perceived as humor-based icons at first glance turn into complex entities that present highly interchangeable signifier and signified relationships in detail.
Tufan, reaching beyond a pen’s obvious usage of being a mere instrument of writing, presents its image as a signifier of the records of both personal and collective memories. He constructs narratives on the surfaces of these instruments written in sign language and braille. These works, emphasizing on the etymological relationship between weaving (Lat.texō) and text (Lat. textus) assigns a secondary function to the motifs as recording instruments embedded on a surface, which,in the same time, creates a third dimensional representation of the non-recordable oral culture and non-written sign language that resides in sub-layers of our consciousness.