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Artist: Evren Tekinoktay (DK)
Period: March 5 – April 9, 2011

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U is the title of Evren Tekinoktay’s first solo exhibition in Denmark. At U Tekinoktay presents what she calls ”collage paintings” in big and small formats, where cuts-outs and found photos overlap. The works set the stage, layer upon layer, for a play, where something is concealed the moment something else is revealed. The picture plane is rife with ambiguity just as the title U, which might convey a letter, the word “you” or simply the outline of an open geometrical form.

In Tekinoktay’s work, the meaning of a sign or pictorial element is determined by its context. Depending on its immediate surroundings, the circle, which is a reoccurring figure, can either be perceived as a hole in a cheese or the ear of a mouse. A mouse, that remolds a cheese by consuming cheese – the same way a collage artist produces pictures by consuming pictures.

The painted monochrome colour planes, which structure Tekinoktay’s complex compositions, revoke the Turkish born artist’s childhood memories of monochrome censor bars in the Turkish press. In Tekinoktay’s works, colour planes – based on geometric shapes – cover naked women cut out of old Danish Varieté magazines. Focus is not on sex, but gender – gender in all its ambiguity.

A recurring collage element at U is the face of the musician Prince; a face covered by manly hair meticulously shaved and modelled with an excellence traditionally attributed to women; a face which could be that of an effeminate man as well as that of a manlike woman. The idea is elucidated in a home video made by Prince’s female counterpart, Sheila E, where she herself poses as her male counterpart. The video is also on view – appropriated and censored by Tekinoktay so as fit the artist’s own agenda.

Evren Tekinoktay (1972, DK) has had solo exhibitions at The Approach, London, Galerist, Istanbul and Zwinger Galerie, Berlin, and has, among others, participated in group shows at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.