FICTIONALISED VISIONS AT THE THRESHOLD OF CONSCIOUSNESS
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. “
The human being who was born into a life surrounded with physical limitations, is also trapped to the restrictions of daily-so called ‘horizontal life’, in order to fulfill the needs of this linear world, both time-wise and spatially. As a result of these concrete, simple but superficial actions, some people continue to live through this pattern; whereas some people, on the other hand, feel the necessity to return to their inner world, after a while,
The individual mirrors to his/her inner world, intuits the essential genuineness which is maybe more abstract but deeper, colourful and satisfying thanks to the-so called ‘vertical life’ which can only be experienced if an interdisciplinary approach between all kinds of arts, like painting, music, literature, philosophy is internalised.
Each painting, each musical composition, each novel possess, both a horizontal and a vertical meaning. The important thing is to be able to percieve this reality, meaning of the vertical side of the artwork. In order to realize this, one has to arouse the energy at a certain point of his/her life-which C.G Jung assumes that every human being holds this potential- and convert it to dynamic and creative forms. C.G.Jung who inherited this idea from the poets and philosophers like Schiller, Schelling, Goethe and Hölderlin, culminated this by bringing a new concept to the field, namely ‘individuation’, which is a timeless, limitless process that enables individual’s self realization, the integration of the personal and social sides at some point.
At this very moment, the importance and meaning of the works exhibited at Erdinç Babat’s latest exhibition come to the stage. The exhibition is a concrete expression of the modern individual’s cry who is stuck within daily life’s ‘horizontal patterns’; where he/she tries to breathe and then fiercely express himself/herself in a subjective way: ‘Fictionalised Visions At The Threshold Of Consciousness’
Babat’s selected works that forms an integrity are a clear expression of the anxiety&tragedy of the modern human being who is condemned to live with the ‘virtual reality created for the sake of reality’ which is also brilliantly expressed in A.G.Innarritu’s 2014 Oscar-winning movie “Birdman”
In our lives, while sometimes we are eagerly looking for long term solutions, sometimes we may be easily satisfied with short term consolations. The explicit fractures of the portraits in the exhibition are the results of an inner interrogation and the efforts of a finding a way out of the dilemma that the outer world –under the heavy influence of technology and speed-which causes all this frustration, dissatisfaction and pains, which requires an inevitable confrontation with the ‘self’ at a mirror, in the end.
Person’s ‘self’ is both individualistic and archetypal. Each individual is a unique, genuine being as well as a part of the whole human beings and humanity that symbolizes the cumulative sum of a universal system. For this reason, the current exhibition and works of Erdinç Babat, which makes critical references to our century’s ‘fictionalised visions’ provides a vast opportunity for the ‘consciousness’ to evolve…
In the recent paintings of Erdinç Babat, the dissatisfaction caused by the reflections of the artificiality that is created by the popular culture and the forced life styles can be seen through female bodies and they should be viewed as samples of criticism for our lives today.
Contrasted with his earlier work where pure colors cover wide areas and large figures of abstractions are used, his latest paintings shows a more plain usage of pure colors in smaller details, compatible with the concepts he is trying to emphasize.
The frigidity, as a result of artificiality, gets our attention with the use of not only the visual effects of the female bodies which he brings forward by using the shades of gray, but also with the disturbing expressions on the faces.
TODAY’S HUMAN MODELS FROM THE PESPECTIVE OF ERDİNÇ BABAT
Despite the current age is a process where the life standards are developed and renewed day by day on the axis of technology, to be read of this development and changing process at the dimension of artistic creation is directly related to the artist’s being a conscious life tracer and of his interrogation capacity.
Erdinç Babat, an example within young artists who is not a foreigner to problems of his current age, is analyzing human issue purposefully from the years that he started to his painting works to today. His observations and researches on life and human, in his paintings’ inner dynamism and renewing these actions continuously to be turned into images is being central pillar of imagination ability.
In most paintings of Erdinç Babat as being a conscious life tracer, we are perceiving human as a dominant item. Besides his sensibility to the human and life observation to shape his paintings is starting point that can not be undervalued, also he is displaying the central issues that he wants to direct the observers in front of his paintings where he takes in hand human essence with a powerful fantasy in a dynamic dimension. Where is the importance that is given to human beings and human values with the development of present technology and mechanization? That question, in today’s world splitting from the natural life day by day and pre-determinated and served us as a model in imaginary lives, naturally brings about the question “where human should be?”.
At Erdinç’s paintings a lyric taste and abstracting expression style become a united whole. He did not wave aside geometric abstract language to which he stuck in his early works, in later times with observations, in his figure abstractions that he arrives by his mental fantasy, he starts to formulate background with similar perception and adds them in new paintings texture. Without overrating depth, on backgrounds of canvases mostly defined with lines and fulfilled with vivid colors, the figures which can be seen as having a particular movement and as a binary groups or as shaped with lissome lines in monumental dimensions, gives us an impression as they are pulled out whether from the daily life or from the time that is edited fictionally, as they are becoming stable while they are in a movement. Abstract expression style which is adopted by him is integrated the message that he wants to deliver us. Amorphous physique at some of his works and human figures that are bound to their own bodies also start us thinking on the matter of slow secession of humans’ own inner reality with the emotion of restriction on individuals created by modern world.