"Famous Turkish sculptor İlhan Komanís boat Hulda arrives in İstanbul, its final destination, after its long journey which began in Stockholm. Hulda was both Komanís home and studio during his residence in Stockholm.
The exhibition consists of the photographs and videos from Huldaís journey, 10 original sculptures such as Whirlpool and Dervish by İlhan Koman and a video -dedicated to İlhan Koman- by young artist Candaş Şişman. The photographs and videos are from the cities Hulda visited during its journey -Stockholm, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Barcelona, Naples, Malta, Thessalonica and İstanbul. The exhibition in Plato Art Space is also the final leg of the activities of Hulda Festival (www.huldafestival.org).
The exhibition is also undertaking the mission of building a bridge between young generation artists and Koman by presenting Candaş Şişmanís work. Şişmanís video Flux is influenced by Komanís sculptures (Pi, Moebius, Whirlpool and Ogre) and is dedicated to İlhan Komanís inspiring art. The video has a sound design which is also inspired by the materials of Komanís sculptures and is produced by Candaş Şişman.
The exhibition is curated by Yıldırım Arıcı and accompanied by a reader (published by Plato College of Higher Education) and it is featuring texts by «etin Kanra, Aykut KŲksal, Abidin Dino, Ferit EdgŁ, Burcu Beşlioğlu and a poem by Oktay Rıfat. "
(Plato Art Space, İstanbul contemporary art)
Fig.1 "Flux", Candaş Şişman, Hulda Festival 21 September 2010 - 23 November 2010 İstanbul, Turkey.
"From sketch to final creation for his Biotypography project, Oded [Ezer] wanted to create live, almost cinematic situations where these typo creatures 'act' and 'behave.' He says the most difficult part of the project was the issue of balance - where to draw the line between the insect and the letters.
Biotypography - typo art project depicting manipulated Hebrew and Latin 'Typo creatures.'
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'I could manufacture a medium wherein typography could develop and evolve into something completely different.'"
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