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La Vida Fake

Şevket Sönmez

October 28, 2013 – November 20, 2013

Merkur Gallery, Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi 12, Erenler Apt D2, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

In his new solo exhibition Turkish Bulgarian-born artist Şevket Sönmez implements a wide range of elements in both his concepts and techniques. Using calligraphy, storytelling and images found in popular culture, the artist brings his dynamic style of painting to extremes by moving away from classical painting to post-modern artistic aesthetics.

According to the artist, childish realism is a key method to understanding life, and his work almost resembles childish compositions – albeit very good ones. With this exhibition, Sönmez re-narrates Alexandre Dumas’ Black Tulip to create a 20th-century fantasy, and concurrently, draws attention to the tense relationship which exists between the fake and the original. What if the Black Tulip’s blossom turns into a plastic flower, one that is being produced in millions today? What happens when there is a conflict between the representation of a thing and the thing itself? Can the original exist without the ‘fake’ in today’s society of mass production? Pertinent questions indeed.

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