ÖZGE ENGİNÖZ “HASAR KATSAYISI/DAMAGE MULTIPLE” 29.03-05.05.2018
KRANK Art Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by Özge Enginöz, “Hasar Katsayısı / Damage Multiple”. The exhibition focuses on one of the fundamental issues of today, the concept of “damage”, through interdisciplinary works that examine various forms of relationships.
“Damage is one of the fundamental problems of the present-day individual, to some extent. It begins as soon as you take the first step into the world. The violence that surrounds the individual at home, on the street, and at work increases the “damage coefficient” of the individual and of society through a rapid process of desensitization. This “journey” that often starts with ourselves does not fail to pack its baggage of harmfulness as we set off from ourselves and move towards the other!”
Damage, in broad terms, a condition that is caused by natural or unnatural phenomena, is also a concept that appears in certain forms of relationships. It has an aspect that results in high-impact ramifications, especially in interpersonal relationships and our dependency on resources. In the works of Özge Enginöz the concept is examined through an interdisciplinary approach to production and represented with its multi-faceted essence.
The core of the project consists of a work created by Enginöz at “The Book as Printed Space” workshop, run by artist Bernhard Cella. The work, titled “Love, Damage, Fault” (also a book-object) is shaped around a quote from Ibn Sina’s “A Treatise on Love”, the title of the chapter “On the love of those who are noble-minded and young for external beauty”, and found photographs collected from antiquarian booksellers. The damage diagram included in the book is related to a potent and basic element, fire. The video accompanying the book bears witness to the moment when the book is used to light a fire.
The images of trees, which appear to be minor symbols for nature, that are present in the exhibition in the form of interpretations on large canvases, or used as actual materials, allude to the high-impact relationships that the modern world has with resources. The structures of reciprocity that can be read in symbiotic cycles becomes especially manifest in the work of Enginöz with tinder conk. Tinder conk is a fungal plant that lives on trees and might harm them by causing them to rot, but the conk could survive long after the trees on which it lives are dead. It is an important plant in the history of civilization since it can be used as a means of transporting fire by placing an ember inside, and it was also used as a styptic in medicine to help stop bleeding. In her installation that focuses on the property of conk that enables transporting ember, the artist presents natural materials together with man-made concrete blocks, and renders a visual display of the damage our lifestyles causes on our environment.
On the other hand, love is also a form of relationship that has a dual nature, in that it is necessary for life, but the intensity of the emotions felt for the “other” could become inflaming. Therefore, as “damage” acquires a certain reference to symbiosis, the reciprocal interaction of which could be observed in love, it could also assume a constructive function as much as a destructive one.
“Damage Multiple” will be on view at Krank Art Gallery till May 05th.
Özge Enginöz graduated from the Department of Combined Arts under the Faculty of Art and Design at Yıldız Technical University in 2010, and during the same year she participated in the workshops run by Valentin Hertweck and Irene Paetzug in Germany, and was elected to take part in the “Lives and Works in Istanbul” project by Remo Salvadori. Her works were exhibited at two group exhibitions in 2009, at the Kunstverein Paradigma in Austria, and at Kunstuniversität Linz. After her solo exhibition “Catchword” at Edisyon, Istanbul in 2011, Enginöz participated in an artist residency at Borusan’s ArtCenter/Istanbul during 2012-2013. She opened her second solo exhibition “Not Quite As Though” at Mixer in Istanbul in 2013, followed by “For Restless Spirits” at Artnivo, and “LOOP? – turning world – fragments and questions” at Blok Art Space, Istanbul, both in 2016. In 2017 she participated in “The Book as Printed Space – Concept and Printed Work Bookmaking Workshop” run by Bernhard Cella at Arter, Istanbul. Enginöz, who has participated in a number of group exhibitions throughout her career, continues her work in Istanbul.
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