HALUK AKAKÇE | The Aviator

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Richard Taittinger Gallery
The Aviator, 2015
Acrylic on process museum board
43 x 35.5 in. (framed) 40 x 32 in. (unframed)


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Haluk Akakçe inquires into the existence of alternate time and space on two- and three-dimensional surfaces as well as in moving imagery. Akakçe’s unique practice stems from his early training as an Interior Architect and Environmental Designer in Ankara, Turkey. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The first time Akakçe presented his work was at the Drawing Center in 1998, while his first video piece The Measure of All Things was shown at MoMA PS1 in 2000. In 2001, he was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and exhibited at Phillip Morris. In 2005, his Birth of Art was selected for the prestigious British Art Show and featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue. Akakçe’s work is included in several major international collections: Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; and Hoffman Collection, Berlin.

“I would like to create a dream to wake up to, a dream that comes out and wanders in darkness — everything else fades away, like a precious light contained in a shadowy void.”1

1 Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, Haluk Akakce: Illusion of the First Time (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002), p. 2.