OSMAN DINC: L'à ¢ge de fer. tam tam.

1 Jan 2011 – 31 Jan 2011

berlin art projects Showroom

Berlin, Germany


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First solo exhibition of the Turkish artist in Germany


The creations of Osman Dinç emerge as clear forms in space, like musical notes on a silent sheet, repeating themselves in harmony. There is something playful and light about them: the surrender of the iron to the artist´s hands, which transform its coarseness into fine, stylised forms and show the tender face of metal. In his work, one finds the remnants of Dinç´s childhood in nature; the traces of an iconoclastic, Islamic education or the influence that his visits to the Museum of Archeology in Ankara exerted on him. And whilst that may bear truth, it does not bear relevance. Dinç is interested in meeting the medium: this is a kind of ceremony performed by an artist who wants to "waste nothing". Iron is part of life- a constituent part of the planet. The statues are the materialisation of the wish to create from raw material with the least possible intervention. The tranquillity of the work is interrupted by the appearance of forms, creating a composition through repetition, in which each work adds to the previous. There is no narrative but a chain of events interlinked in time. In this sense, Dinç´s creative work is an incomplete process that in its development always points to the past. The forms which the artist creates, even the most minimal abstraction, recall tools employed in a rural environment. They are archetypical figures from all cultures, rooted somewhere in our collective memory. In a sort of return to the beginnings, Dinç appears to bring them out of the depths of oblivion to give them a home in the world of today. A sense of humour is present too: the artist has added to the title of the exhibition the onomatopoetic echo of pompous presentation, to prevent it from becoming too earnest and archaic.

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