some days in April there was a curtain of constant dust hanging over the campus
of the Near East University, a visible sign of activities around the 4th
AcademiADA. 150 students from 19
different Turkish universities plus the fine arts department at the NEU in
Cyprus had come together and have worked like maniacs, I would say, night and day more or less, as I was told.
least in the sculpture section which was built up on the parking space opposite
year’s event which I also visited and commented on in my website under No. 335
under art news, was more concentrated on ceramic art with the beautiful giant
wheel now mounted on the outside wall of the library, and on painting, printing
and art photography.
year’s event had its main focus on sculpture, obviously. The works of the other
disciplines were displayed at the Atatürk Cultural Centre where on April 10 the
participants received their certificates and where the end of the workshop with
the exhibition as finale was celebrated with a speech of appreciation by Prof.
Dr. Uğurçan Akyüz, Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty to the guests and participants
of the important art event.
my personal opinion the painting section was weaker than last year, there were
some nice graphic works, especially some stencil and spraying works I liked.
The photography section was a series of portraits where people of all age
groups were asked to hold a rough wooden frame in front of their faces which
made the project in my eyes a little boring but perhaps it was meant this way
to bring all down onto a common level. Unfortunately there was no information
at all. I would have liked to know the leading teachers’ names and the title of
the projects. There were some ceramic sculptures with the one or other good
presentation; I loved the big circle of small ceramic cups, I would have liked
to know the title of it.
Uluçam, graphic design teacher at the Near East University, took me to the
sculpting area with the works in stone finished in only five days I was told,
as the blocks of travertine arrived five
days late. My respect and compliments. There were three metal sculptures which
I liked but I did not meet the artists having done this work. But I was meeting
the artists, teacher and students, some going for their master, who did this
unbelievable task of cutting travertine into beautiful sculptures within five
days. I had the opportunity to meet Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bulat from the Atatürk
University, Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty who had founded the Department of
Sculpture there. A fine man and artist. You can recognize his handwriting of
teaching in all the works of the students who had done the six sculptures. You
will find more of his works on internet in his website.
and guests had all come down to the site of action to admire the statues
without a cloud of dust and the artists without being covered in white all
over. I was asking them if they had met with interest to go for sculpture in
our local faculty and Mustafa Bulat answered jokingly: ‘I wonder after this one
week of hard work.’
sculptures will remain in Cyprus and will find its final position in front of
the library. The exhibition is still open until 30 April.
photos on my website.