Künstlerhaus Stuttgart presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany of Istanbul-based sculptor Erdağ Aksel. The exhibition, Life of Objects focuses on the main conceptual tendencies in Aksel’s practice. Operating as a methodical survey, the exhibition is a monographic study.
Since the late seventies, Aksel has been working with diverse media and with certain questions relating to the traditions of painting, land-art, sculpture, and installation – he has also played a key role as a critical figure during the transition of how conceptual thinking is involved with fundamental questions around materiality, politics of symbolism, history of modernity, nationalism, militarism and bureaucracy.
Life of Objects intends to emphasize the physicality of our relationships with objects and the notion of materiality regarding the social symbols and psychological associations attributed to them at different levels of perception and cognition. The exhibition does not only reflect the transformation of national identity but also contributes to an understanding of categorization, collection, preservation and perception of objects in a certain cultural, social and political context.
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
18.04.2014 – 01.06.2014
Opening April 17th 2014