Ekrem Yalçındağ


06.11.2015 - 28.11.2015

Galeri Nev Gezegen

Ekrem Yalcindag's first solo show in Ankara will be hosted by the Galeri Nev. The exhibition entitled "Contrast" will center around the colors yellow, red and blue, the fundamentals used and questioned by so many artists throughout the Art History. Yalcindag makes reference particularly to Matisse's late paper "cut-outs", and draws his inspiration for the title "contrast" from the bilateral relations between the master’s colors.
In a text on the exhibition, Necmi Zeka interprets Yalcindag's study of colors as follows: "Could it be that, the way to show that color cannot be minimized to ornament, would be to combine color with ornamentation in the most radical way? What Yalcidag attains is basically to overcome the functionality (the weight) of color as ornament through ornamentation. By doing so, he allows the emergence of a perception where color remains loyal only to itself and not to objects or surfaces. In other words, he attributes absolute freedom to color through the possibilities offered by ornamentation. This method that replaces on the agenda the grand assertion present in the monochromes of A.Rodchenko, that of being the objective of being both the beginning and the end, is once again brought to the foreground by different means, thus showing us that when color is stripped of its secondary status and of its cultural codes, it can in fact become a strong and autonomous category in its own right."
Ekrem Yalçındağ completed his BA and MBA at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University, Fine Arts Faculty. He worked in Frankfurt with Professor Hermann Nitsch at the a.M. Städelschule between 1994 and 1999. He attained the Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, Guest Artist Programme Scholarship in 2001, and the Villa Waldberta, Münich, Guest Artist Programme Scholarship in 2003. He held shows in the prominent galleries of several art capitals among them Berlin, Münich, Istanbul, and Düsseldorf. His works are represented in institutional collections such as the Stuttgart Fine Arts Museum, the Düsseldorf Oldenburg Museum, İstanbul Modern Museum, as well as the Borusan, Goetz and Allianz Collections.