Another Erdogan, possible?
A different Arab Spring…
Perhaps, it sounds like a foolish expectation. Believe me it is not. You want to ask “how?”. Let me give you a hint on how:
Close your eyes. Reflect on what you had been exposed to in the news. Imagine and re-picture all that happened: Bombs falling, children crying, a thousand men marching for the purpose of a false god… Empty barren desert, guns, weapons, innocent people translocated. Push yourself over the bordering limits of reality to imagine. Not bound to what is shown, not determined by someone else’s words. Imagine.
Idealize a new vision; slow enough to keep everything real, fast enough to catch on the left wing of time. Using the leverage of technology combined with unique hand craft, let the colors of your mind paint a new president, a new Middle East if not whole a lot a different world.
I invite each and every one of you to imagine another Erdogan, another Assad, another Arab Spring; a different new form of democracy. Remaining as more than just witnesses to history, I invite you to feel and dream about how everything could be different.
Being able to see and observe is to believe and I believe in a different Erdogan. My dream has always been to find a way to combine artistic ideas into a unique form of expression, seeking to unveil the political and social myths of our century through art and music. I believe in what I see and how it could be different.
At the core of the form of my art, there is no dictated conformity or school of thought. On the contrary, I imagined my art to be like a string of thought:
So thin; like the air you breathe in. So thin, that it will slice apart another determined dogma flashing in front of your eyes.
The 21st century myths of the Middle East revisualized through my artistic perspective.
Multi-instrumentalist… It sounds simple, but it takes years to sharpen different skills so that you can freely express and communicate ideas, which can move people. The term actually comes from the music industry and is the newer definition for a musician who has mastered several instruments. For me, however, this term has moved in a different direction in recent years, considering music alone was no longer my only instrument. I have started to research and combine techniques as in manipulating different tools and programs to combine what has been so much simplified for us. This gave me the opportunity to enjoy new dimensions…
I’ve long been focused on myths & legends and considered it one of my primary influences as an artist.
The intensity of the content, economy of gesture, intense stylization, flatness, themes of agony & transcendence- I get real excited about all these things. For a while now, I have been working on pieces in various art forms that are not only influenced by the mythology, but more directly took a specific region’s modern myths as main reference of incidents.
Sitting in a rather uptight place in terms of my far distance to religious believes, yet close feeling for home, it has been an interesting mental journey for a stranger, who is extremely familiar to both faces and places. Now I would like to share such stories of those, who wandered through Anatolia & sailed the mediterranean sea- and those excluded and unknown.
These hand pulled screen prints (on 50 x 65 cm high quality Bamboo paper from Hahnemühle) will be produced in a professional screen print studio (Applied Arts University Vienna or Druckblase). They will be stamped and signed on the poster back, rolled and shipped in a heavy-duty shipping tube.
*Limited 50 pieces each
With your help I am confident this series will be seen by far more people than I can reach otherwise. By using wemakeit I am able to offer these prints to a wider audience while keeping a much lower price than the normal production style would allow. Screen printing is a volume style production, and I believe I’ve found a price-point that is both affordable and enough for me to keep the lights on while I obsess over new and interesting pieces.
Risks and challenges
Funds raised via wemakeit will pay rent for the studio and the workspace for the printing process, paper and inks are selected. The main variable is the final number of backers and prints to be delivered.
There is not much risk involved in this project (except bureaucracy). All is rather straight forward. The artworks will be shipped in thick cardboard tubes, wrapped in silk paper, handled with 100% loving care and cautiousness with registered post delivery (EU-wide shipment is included in the pricing).
First of all, thank you for reading so far. I would like to invite you to consider supporting my campaign. I think it will give both myself and my audience an opportunity to see what I can build with my new knowledge and I also think my new academic career (Diploma in Digital Arts at The Applied Art University Vienna) will provide me with skills and inspiration I wouldn’t be able to access outside of the the art scene. I’m excited to see just what the possibilities are and if my new work will open doors to further study, or to greater success here on wemakeit. I have some tremendous ideas for rewards to offer in exchange for your generous contributions and I’m certain this campaign and the community we form together will lead us to more entertaining and more inspiring artistic achievement and expression in future. I thank you for your time and support!
Ilkhan Selcuk Erdogan – BIO LINK
Progression is not a direction…
Progression is not an intention…
Only a natural flow can stand for and against it…
Experience the superiority in surrounding incidents…
Respect it in mutual understanding…
Spare a moment of self-reliant solitude…
Only the feeling of home can bring you a word of wisdom.
Accept the sensual and mesmerizing touch of life…
Do not build up… Build along…
The river of time is full of experiences, and it shall present you a path so true…