© Haluk Akakçe

Neurotic on a Couch, 2003
Acrylic on panel

Haluk Akakçe

The Drawing Room has commissioned Haluk Akakçe to create a site-specific installation for his first solo show in the UK. The artist's training as an architect has led him towards creating evocative environments which envelop the viewer and transport them to another plane. Akakçe's installation will consist of drawings, projections and sculpture, each claiming their own space in a collective environment. The projected "time images" aim to provide a model for human consciousness and experiences of memory and time. This installation will explore how the idea of perception influences one's individual significance in today's world.

In Akakçe's installation, "Illusion of the First Time", at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, 2002-03, he used an abstract approach to investigate the relationship between the individual and the universe. A choreographed composition consisting of projections resembling photograms created a meditative environment in which the viewer could contemplate the true nature of being.

Akakçe's practice represents an exciting fusion of traditional drawing techniques and the latest digital technology. This is realised as multi-dimensional works that explore the transformation of the human condition in the information age. His hybrid drawing style is at once familiar and alien and is used to communicate personal experiences in a fluid and accessible form. The free-flowing lines of his drawings and the subtle transformation of forms in his projections mirror the constant flux of contemporary life.

Haluk Akakçe has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York; Centro Nazionale Per la Arti Contemporanee, Rome (2002); Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Centre d'art Contemporain, Geneva; Deitch Projects, New York; and P.S.1, Long Island City, New York (2001). He lives and works in London and New York.

18 October - 6 December 2003
Hours: Thu-Sat 11am - 6pm

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