Young Turkish artist Emre Namyeter's latest exhibition, "Now I See, or Do I?" featuring pieces in various disciplines will be at Pi Artworks Istanbul from July 28 to Sept. 10. Namyete's paintings, sculptures and lightbox creations were previously featured at latest Contemporary Istanbul.
Namyeter creates abstract compositions on wooden panels with paint he makes himself. He generates multi-layered paintings using various pouring and painting techniques directed by his curiosity and experimental approach. After a long preparation phase, he creates his pieces with intuition and rhythmic movements without planning the creation process beforehand.
His abstract compositions offer limitless opportunities for interpretation. He is aware that the way we perceive the world and art is not free from past experiences and that even when looking at the same thing, different viewers see different things. However, he does continues to widen the borders of optical perception. The look of Namyeter's paintings is not stable, just like the perception of the viewer, and each work appears different under different lighting conditions.
In Namyeter's words, his art has always been about one fundamental idea – perception. "Perception can be defined as a process by which individuals organize and interpret their sensory impressions in order to give meaning to their environment. So, it is because of perception that I have been drawn to the understanding on how each and every one of us can understand, sense and give meaning to things differently throughout our lives," he says.
For instance, his self-made paint enables the viewer to see his painting from different perspectives as the paint and shapes changes according to the light throughout the day. Just like the audiences' visual perception, Namyeter's artworks' appearance is not stable.
"On the other hand, human nature is defined by our paradigms that color our perception by filtering reality. These filters are influenced by our experiences throughout life as we learn about our surroundings. As information passes through our senses, we recognize an order and link it to our personal experiences to help us define what we know to be true. However, through this process, we tend to see and understand things not as they are, but as we are. I try to make each observer focus on their own reality by using lines, colors, form, motion, patterns and textures and simply create their own perception about my artwork," Namyeter says about his artworks in general.
Different from his previous exhibition, Namyeter introduces new technical approaches and brings a new dimension to his art in his new exhibition, "Now I See, or Do I?" which extends beyond the two-dimensions the artist normally works within into an interactive installation that hangs from the gallery's ceiling. While this three dimensional installation is aesthetically in harmony with Namyeter's paintings, it has been designed to be viewed from every angle and to be perceived differently as the viewer moves through the gallery. Namyeter's light boxes refer to William Blake's famous quote: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." In them he has manipulated light through the effective placement of mirrors to create an impressive sense of depth that mesmerizes the viewer. Namyeter was born in Istanbul in 1984. After completing his studies in advertising and photography at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2009, he enrolled in the Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. In 2012, he enrolled in the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco where he is currently studying fine arts and sculpture. Among the exhibitions he has participated in and opened as a solo artists are Contemporary Istanbul 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015, "Not Now" at Çağla Çabaoğlu Gallery, "Spring Show" at Academy of Art, Tüyap Art Fair 2010 and "Spring Show" at Palace of Fine Arts.