76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented Blood Pressure, Haluk Akakçe’s visionary fusion of painting, video and architecture. The artist constructed an animated walk-in painting that transported the viewer into a fluid space that compressed past and future. The gallery space itself became the work. The artist described Blood Pressure as "a project on the human condition in a new world where its inhabitants never obtain the real but exist only in a state of transition." They experienced the world and we experienced the work as “the body’s folding upon itself, accompanied by an unfolding of imaginary spaces.”
Writing about Haluk Akakçe in the January 2001 issue of Artforum, Douglas Fogle noted the “paradoxical sense of the future as a future anterior that pervades” his work. “Akakçe takes us through the looking glass,“ he continued, “into a world where the future is often yesterday and flatness manifests a new kind of depth.” He described how Akakçe’s rendered lines “create a Möbius-like folding of space and form in which figure and ground morph seamlessly together in a sea of flat pigment.”
Upon entering the gallery, the viewer walked through an installation that pushed the conventional boundaries between painting and its exhibition space, transforming the viewing of two-dimensional work into a more complex spatial experience. The space became an envelope, going on to reveal an unexpected succession of intervening objects and sensations. It culminated in a projection of an eight-minute video with a future baroque soundtrack that combined digital animation with live action.
Haluk Akakçe was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1970. He received a B.F.A. in Architecture at Bilkent University in Ankara and studied video and performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and worked in New York since 1997. Akakçe’s work was first exhibited in New York at the Drawing Center in 1998. His work was included in the 1999 Istanbul Biennale, Strange Paradise at the Casino, Luxembourg, in 2000, and Painting at the Edge of the World at the Walker Art Center in 2001. His video work, The Measure of All Things, was presented at PS1 in 2000 and Kunst-Werke, Berlin in 2001. Another version of Blood Pressure was presented at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva in June. Akakçe’s practice of painting incorporates his interest in performance art and performance in everyday life.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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