EMIN METE ERDOGAN, AD 4.000.000.000

Anna Laudel Gallery

Anna Laudel showcases Emin Mete Erdoğan’s solo exhibition titled “AD 4.000.000.000” from December 9, 2021 to February 3, 2022. Renowned for creating a sense of eternity and integrity in his works, the artist brings together a selection produced in different techniques, including sculpture, painting and relief works. The exhibition will be showcased till the 3rd of February, 2022.

Emin Mete Erdoğan Born in 1982 in Istanbul, Emin Mete Erdoğan graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department. In 2013, he opened his first solo exhibition titled ‘Entangled Cern Plans’ in Sanatorium (Istanbul). This was followed by his second solo exhibition ‘Entroforming’ in 2015, his third solo exhibition ‘The Flood’ in 2018 and his fourth solo exhibition ‘Plants, Animals and Buildings’ in 2020, which all took place at the gallery x-ist in Istanbul. Erdoğan took part in several group exhibitions including “No 3” (Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, 2014), “The Break” (Kare Sanat, Istanbul, 2014), “Variations on an Andalusian Dog” (x-ist, 2015), “Detail” (Blok Art Space, Istanbul, 2016), “Kara Ütopya” (Artist 2017, Istanbul, 2017), “x-plore l” (xist, Istanbul, 2017), “Mekan Atölye 5” (Cern Modern, Ankara, 2018), “Metamorphosis” (Adahan Hotel, Istanbul, 2018), “Şimdi” (O'art, Istanbul, 2019), “Rituel” (Gallery Kasa, Istanbul, 2019), “x-plore ll” (x-ist, Istanbul, 2019) and “İntergalaktik” (Anna Laudel, Istanbul). The artist participated in Miami Pulse 2013, Art Stage Singapore 2016, Art Dubai 2016 and 2018, Contemporary Istanbul 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, Step Istanbul 2019 and ArtInternational 2014 (Istanbul). Erdoğan is featured in the book “Gestalten Illusive – Contemporary Illustration Part Four” published in 2015.

The exhibition, the name of which gives the impression that the past is being referred to, actually focuses on the present and tries to understand the period the artist is living in. Erdoğan emphasises the fact that people define the present according to their own perceptions of the past, and suggests that history will change depending on the point a person sees his or her beginning.

Asking himself the question ‘Where should I start my personal beginning?’, the artist lays the foundation of this exhibition and invites art lovers to take part in a time travel that he embarked on in search of his own inception. Erdoğan’s journey starts from the beginning of the theory of evolution and includes the milestones in history such as declaration of human rights, the first emergence of philosophy, the foundations of quantum physics, the extinction of dinosaurs and the use of tools by human beings.

At the final stop of his journey, Erdoğan goes back approximately 4 billion years from now, to the moment when life first emerged from the inanimate. He accepts this point as his point of inception and reconstructs the present, himself and his environment around this idea. In his works displayed at the exhibition, he redefines concepts such as human, nature and vitality in view of 4 billion years ago.

Emin Mete Erdoğan's solo exhibition “AD 4.000.000.000” can be visited until February 3, 2022 at Anna Laudel’s new gallery space. 

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23rd December, 2021 Visual Art | Paintings

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