Cevdet Erek’s work is characterized by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses, thereby leveling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres. (Maxine Kopstra, cat. Just in Time, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Cevdet Erek (1974, Istanbul, TR) studied at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul (1992-1999) and at the MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul Technical University Istanbul (2000-2004). During 2005 and 2006, he studied at the Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2005, he received the Garantibank Award and, in 2006, The Uriot Prize, Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
Cevdet Erek had shows in Platform Garanti (2005), Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2005), Art Museum of Estonia, Talinn, Estonia (2006), Living Art Museum, Rejkjavik, Iceland (2006), and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2006).