By Heidi Trautmann
Many stories have been told
about the crows, in children books, fantasy novels, poetry…we know them as very
intelligent. People say, they remember
faces, so never harm any of them because they can hold a grudge for a long
time. In legends they carry the face of death, of bad omen and are the
companions of witches and wizards; They seek the vicinity of humans, they are sort
of followers of culture. All this I know but I have never seen before an art
exhibition entirely dedicated to this bird.
Night Birds….. I asked the
artist Erdal Aygenç ….why Night Birds, as far as I know the crow is active
during the day, coming to steal the cat’s food, drink water from your pool, but
they don’t work at night. They are night birds because they were created in the
night hours; I, the artist, am the night bird.
The entire project reminds
me of the old philosophy of Asian art and artists to dedicate one’s life to
study nature, a tree, flowers, in numberless paintings which comes very close
to my philosophy: If you want to paint a chair you must become one.
Erdal Aygenç has studied the
birds, observed them in their movements
and behaviour on the ground, as a
single bird with the light shining through its plumage - so we are aware that
it is a being of the airs - the eager eye always watchful, curious of its
surroundings; as a member of a group of birds, their interactions….. they have
a mischievous attitude in the artistic presentation.
The red logo of the artist’s
signature is part of the game, something the bird picks at, as a counter
balance to the moon; the moon being an important symbol in Erdal’s life, being
a night worker and also being reflected in his name ‘Aygenç’ which means ‘young
moon’. This is another story for a
series, he said.
Poems written with a brush.
Painted poems dedicated to this bird in black, blue, soft grey, in ink and
water colour. Poetry friends have added their poetic thoughts written on the
walls of the exhibition rooms, the ArtRooms, Zeki Ali, Tamer Öncül, Gürgenç and
The art director of the
ArtRooms, Oya Silbery, has again proven her professionalism, her sensitivity in
preparing the show and in the design of the catalogue. It is always a deep
pleasure to visit the place.
The exhibition will be shown
until 3 October; viewing times are from midday until midnight in accordance
with the hours of The House Restaurant.