Of The Sun: Ender GÜZEY
Özay ERKILIÇ, Art Historian
Güzey is a productive artist who comes up with
interesting and brand new ideas with every exhibition
and project. The artist is graduated from Munich Academy
of Fine Arts. After graduation he became the assistant
of Prof. Zimmermann at the Academy. His exhibitions
took place at many countries like France, Holland, Malaysia,
Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Turkey. He is recognized
with his performances and environmental projects.
Guzey: Children of the Sun
Stone, bark, horse bristle, iron, clay, glass beads,
straw and sea sand are some of the materials he use
at his work. We can realize that there is a common theme
among his work, among his objects, paintings, sculpture or carpet! no matter
with how different materials or medium he creates with.
Ender Güzey prefers natural materials at his "objects"
and re-forms them according to his own plastic understanding.
Blue is the main colour at his aquarell and oil paintings.
The fantastic elements he uses at these paintings form
an abstract expression and sometimes increase the tension.
Quays, ladders towards uncertain misty sites makes us
face the image of an unknown reality. We wander around
the infinity of cosmos.
Ender Güzey's work are objects and motives which
are beyond time and space with a feeling of infinity.
He questions the humanbeing, reasons of his existance,
relations with his environment and matter, his believes,
fears, love etc., with a universal sense. He mentions
the creative freedom of humankind in his timeless unity.
He points at the continuity of the common instinctive
tendencies, the thought that creates the "totem",
the relation between time and space.... These are counters
that are forming new and different realities while passing
through each other. A double sided arrangement... The
symbols are also reflections of an inner reality. The
artist's perception of this magic universe from a wide
perspective is enriched with mithology and myth.
This exhibition gives an idea of the artist's work
but only a part of it. It is quite impossible to have
a full idea about Ender Güzey is possible only
by seeing his projects and performances, One of these
performances is "Noah's Arch" which sailed
at Bosphorus with the symbols and paintings of bull
horns, sun symbols and straw, leaves etc. inside.
The performance ended after sailing for a week, and
then he gave the "Noah's Arch" to fire.
Another project is; "From Constantinopolis to
Istanbul / From Middle Age To New Age" . From
Tophane region to Halic, he thought to set up thirty
two bronze sculptures on a 1200 meters long road.
In the memory of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, his soldiers,
and the logs which the ships were slided on, he thought
to mold bronze "logs". Ender Güzey's
another important project is the "Light Bridge"
which he made during a sculpture symposium that he
was invited at a border region between Germany and
Austria. There, he build this symbolic bridge connecting
the two towns divided by the border.
This exhibition named "Children of the Sun"
is a mixture of bronze and ceramic totem sculptures
and paintings made by sea sand on canvas and wood. We
are invited to meet an interesting combination with
all the traces of Ender Güzey's themes and style.
"Children of the Sun" could be a figure drawn
on sand or could be a standing bronze sculpture "Sun
Totem" or "Moon Totem". Timeless and
eternel figures reflecting the light and colours of