‘PA­GAN SOUNDS’ NEIGH­BOR­ING EVENT OF IS­TAN­BUL BI­EN­NIAL

Late artist Tardu Ku­man pre­pared the col­lec­tion ‘Pa­gan Sounds,’ which in­cludes sculp­ture cre­ated with iron and wood he found near old rail­ways. How­ever, he never got to see it dis­played. Now, his wife has taken the ini­tia­tive to show his work as a par­alle

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

“PA­GAN SOUNDS,” a col­lec­tion of sculp­tures by Tardu Ku­man, who cre­ated them with metal and wooden ma­te­ri­als, has been opened to vis­i­tors as a neigh­bor­ing event of the 15th Is­tan­bul Bi­en­nial.

Hav­ing been or­ga­nized un­der the guid­ance of Faika Ergüder Ku­man, the wife of the artist, with the sup­port of Mu­rat Özyeğin, the ex­hi­bi­tion can be vis­ited un­til Nov. 22, at the Eski Anadolu Diş Depo in Sütlüce district.

While the place of the ex­hi­bi­tion of Ku­man’s work that he col­lected for years was cho­sen by ar­chi­tect Nevzat Sayın, the book­let for the ex­hi­bi­tion and all its vi­su­als were de­signed by Hakkı Mısır­lıoğlu.

Many cul­ture and arts peo­ple, in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Reha Er­dem, psy­cho­an­a­lyst-au­thor Nilüfer Güngör­müş Er­dem and poet Ah­met Gün­tan, have also sup­ported the ex­hi­bi­tion’s prepa­ra­tion process.

Hav­ing pro­duced his work with iron, tra­verses and wooden pieces found in old, un­used rail­ways, Ku­man eval­u­ated the in­ter­ac­tions of his work with wind, wa­ter and heat as a part of the sculp­ture, and he based his “Pa­gan Sounds” on this ground.

The artist aimed to show both the new mean­ing in the artis­tic ob­jects and also the artis­tic his­tory in­scribed in ma­te­rial’s struc­ture and form to art lovers with the be­lief that his sculp­tures vo­cally should co­ex­ist with the wind.

The works in “Pa­gan Sounds,” which are cre­ated by the sounds of Ae­o­lian chimes, has been pre­pared with the for­ma­tion of heavy metal pieces which are in­dus­trial resid­u­als col­lected by Ku­man from junk dealers.

The Ae­o­lian chimes, which are mo­bile sculp­tures and make dif­fer­ent sounds with every touch, were made to catch lost sounds for a mo­ment. They rep­re­sent the medium reach­ing to­day from prim­i­tive times.

Pro­duc­ing his work with metal or wooden pieces, Ku­man has given new mean­ings to these sculp­tures that res­onate with any time.

“In phi­los­o­phy, the same con­cepts have been com­mented again and again since the an­cient times. Wood and metal have been in our lives since those times. The ma­te­rial is al­ways the same, yet you can al­ways ex­press a new thing with it,” Tardu Ku­man once said.

ABOUT TARDU KU­MAN

Born on Feb. 7, 1958, in Bursa, Ku­man grad­u­ated from Is­tan­bul Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of His­tory and Phi­los­o­phy in 1985. He then went to Paris and ex­hib­ited the jew­elry he de­signed be­tween 1985 and 1987 at Ga­lerie Epona.

Mov­ing to Athens in 1989, he started to pro­duce art ob­jects from old pieces of iron, tra­verses and wood, along with his jew­elry de­signs. The ob­jects and goods that he pro­duced from raw ma­te­ri­als have been ex­hib­ited at Athens Gallery Tria and Gallery Mi­raraki.

He started sculpt­ing in 1995, after he re­turned to Is­tan­bul. Stoa De­sign Stu­dio, which he es­tab­lished after a lit­tle while, pro­vided him the op­por­tu­nity to live and work as an in­de­pen­dent artist. He con­tin­ued his life when he pro­duced his unique de­sign pieces of fur­ni­ture in that stu­dio si­mul­ta­ne­ously with his sculp­tures for 20 years.

His house and stu­dio that he con­structed in Ay­vacık district of Çanakkale prov­ince was a spe­cial place that in­spired him along with his stu­dio in Is­tan­bul.

His works can be cat­e­go­rized as “Pa­gan Sounds,” “Lam­poneia War­riors,” and “Name­less.”

Be­fore he fell sick in De­cem­ber 2015, he was plan­ning “Pa­gan Sounds.” He was forced to take a break in or­der to deal with is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health. The artist passed away on May 19, 2016, with­out hav­ing a chance to re­al­ize his dream ex­hi­bi­tion.

Hav­ing pro­duced his work with iron, tra­verses and wooden pieces found near old, un­used rail­ways, Ku­man eval­u­ated the in­ter­ac­tions of his work with wind, wa­ter and heat as part of the sculp­ture.

"Pa­gan Sounds" is cre­ated by the sounds of Ae­o­lian chimes, and has been pre­pared with the for­ma­tion of heavy metal pieces made from in­dus­trial resid­u­als col­lected by Ku­man from junk dealers.

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