Erdogan Zumrutoglu

Holy Bargaining

PİLEVNELİ Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works of Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu between November 30 and January 13, 2018, titled “Holy Bargaining”. The most relevant tension underlying in Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu's works are neither accidential nor intentional, but between figuration and pure materiality. Zümrütoğlu’s figures oscillate
between representation and the evidence of marks which are objects of pure pigment applied by means of brush, tube, or knife. This approach subsumes two art historical conditions, that of Physical Abstraction; as embodied by certain works of Gerhard Richter and Bertrand Lavier, and in the predominant works of Robert Ryman and James Hayward. The school of abstraction hat is concerned with making a painting into an object rather than a representation, by having the work's materiality itself. The painting is about its own materiality: canvas and pigment.